We've been in a drought for a number of years, and flooding hasn't been a problem recently. January was thought to be the driest month here since records have been kept, but yesterday was the rainiest February 23rd ever. Our normal rainfall for February is about 3 inches - we had over 2 inches yesterday with a monthly total of almost 9 inches. Did I mentioned the thunderstorms forecast for tomorrow? All of this flooding has made me think of preventative measures I took, or how I changed the way I garden, to take all of this into account. I built raised beds.
I can't do too much about the water in the first photo, but there are areas around our garage and near the house that I can do something about. I have set up rain barrels in the hopes of diverting some of the water that has nowhere to go after it leaves the downspout, but I have plans for more. One of those is digging a dry well - or many of them. There are a lot of different plans for these on the internet, but basically they use the same idea. Dig a deep, cylindrical hole. Line it with landscape fabric. Fill it with drainage rock. Cover it with landscape fabric, soil and sod. When there is more rain than your soil can hold, these wells will hold some or all of the excess until it can be reabsorbed.
For photos of the flood of 2010, click here; for the flood of 2013, click here.