Tuesday, June 23, 2015
This morning, John and I went out with the Phantom II UAV (drone) to get some views of the flood damage at the Burke, Freddie, and Huey farms. It was very revealing about each farm location. While we were reassured with less flooding at Burke, we found more water than expected at Freddie and Huey.
We set the GoPro camera for a “time lapse” type of photography at Burke, and it snapped a still picture every 10 seconds. We came home with 54 pictures! We were gratified that the area where we installed tile last fall came through this big rain event in a satisfactory manner. The only losses at Burke were some lowland areas along Kessinger Ditch, which we expected in this huge rain event. While the water is bank-full in Kessinger Ditch, the rain collecting inside the levee cannot escape until the water level in the ditch recedes. This did not occur fast enough for the low ground on Burke this time. Overall, the drone gave us good news at Burke!
The other images taken today from Freddie and Huey were in video form, and I hope to get those unedited versions posted to YouTube soon.
The UAV became a real farm implement today, and provided us with information of great value.