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El Nino deals our fence a mortal blow...

As you folks know, we have been battling hard to save our fence as El Nino's high tides, and super high waves take away the beach, and then batter what's left.

As I sit here at 4:30 in the morning, we are experiencing the second set of high tides, and high surf...in fact, the waves roll right up to our fence-line, and then break like a cannon shot.

It seems like a long time ago when I took this shot of the moon setting--but it was the last day that our fence was intact...

El Nino began his relentless battering of our beach on December 3, when, in one night, he reduced the level of the beach by three Feet!  Since we had plenty of beach in front of us, we were not too worried, especially as all the locals said that the sand returns every year...

But, this reduction in the beach level continued up until yesterday, when the level had dropped between 6 and 8 feet, depending on where we measure.  This has the effect of inviting the ocean into your living room.  Where the waves used to break 100 feet from us, they were now breaking only Ten! 

The addition of all of our sandbags and truckloads of rock, put off damage to us for awhile.  Our neighbors, on each side, lost significant portions of their property, and all of their fencing.  We thought we might escape the same fate until yesterday afternoon.

We were having perfect weather--no rain, no wind, and very few clouds...the waves were beautiful, but really big...

All of a sudden, our fence developed a pronounced sag in one side, and just a little while later, a crack developed between the rock siding and our sandy yard.





 I hot-footed it down to the hardware store and bought a bunch of rope, in the hope that I might be able to keep the fence from flopping into the surf and washing away...as of this minute, it is the same as these pictures.




Rox took this shot of Agripina and Isidro, our resident helpers, and Alfonso, and Sonia, all sitting there transfixed by the power of the waves, as minute by minute, more of the fence was undercut.

 Alfonso and Isidro have worked like mad to save this fence, and their dejection is total...

It seems as if, even Coquita, shares their feelings...


But life goes on, and Rox got this shot of a rare sailing yacht sailing thru the setting sun...


As of now, we have no idea of what we are going to do with our "hanging fence".  Maybe Mother Nature will decide for us, but, for sure, this one is toast.  We might be able to save a portion, but everything will have to be relocated inward.  Our best thought now is to try to ride out the high tides of February, see how everythings looks then, and go from there.


For many months, we have been warning our readers in the Northern Hemisphere that this El Nino will wreck havoc where they live--so maybe today, each of you will take a little time to make sure that his own castle is as prepared as possible, to take a hit from Mama Natura...

Note:  As of 7:30, the fence has weathered a huge high tide, and is no worse off than when the pictures were taken.  Frankly, we thought that half the fence would be gone by now.  How much good news this is, we don't know--but it is better than the alternative.

Posted on Sun, January 31, 2010 at 03:37AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments4 Comments

Reader Comments (4)

Wow, this is awful. We'll keep our fingers crossed for you.
Good job of tying the fence up!
Here in Vancouver, BC we are low on snow. The Olympics start in less than 2 weeks. Weird stuff all round.

Take care,
Shelagh and Peter

January 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelagh

So sorry about your fence. What a shame. You had done such nice job on it.

January 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVerlayne & Ken

To all of you nice folks who have sent us emails and comments about the fence problem, we thank you a lot. It may seem that all this too doo about a fence is too big of a deal, but, let me tell you folks, when it is the ocean that is literally knocking on your door, you pay attention!
We appreciate you supportive words, and we will continue our efforts to regain our "line in the sand"...
At this moment, we are putting in sand bags in the ditch that is behind the fence, in the hopes that the salt water will not continue to advance the ditch and poison the palm trees. Thanks again, and we will keep you posted...

Bob & Rox

February 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne

Hey Bob & Rox -

We definately heeded your previous warning about El Nino. We sent the property manager over to our apartments with sand bags when we heard on the weather that a major series of storms were to hit the LA area. Long Beach (where they are located) received seven inches of rain in five days. Storms drains were inundated and chest-deep water was only ten blocks. What we didn't anticipate was the top floor balcony drain that couldn't handle the deluge, but only minor damage, Thank God.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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