Vol. 56 No. 12, March 22
Plan for a Flood Gate.
maintain a fence across a water course, is one of the
trials and tribulations of the farmer. After a heavy
rain, generally fences in such places are either badly
damaged or entirely washed away. Having been troubled
this way for years, I have hit upon the following plan,
which, after two years' trial I find to be a success.
A stick of
timber, three or four inches in diameter, is placed
where the gate is needed, and fastened down with stakes,
driven slanting, on each side, the tops of the stakes
lapping over the piece so as to hold it securely, and
driven well down, so as not to catch the drift, but
allowing the piece to turn freely; inch and half holes
are bored in the piece and uprights are fitted in them;
the material of which the gate is made is fastened to
these uprights. A light post is driven on the lower side
and the gate fastened to it.
keep the gate in place in any ordinary flood, but when a
Noah comes along, it turns down on the bottom of creek,
and waters and drifts pass over it. When the water
subsides all that is necessary to do is to turn the gate
back to its upright position. If the gate is not needed
during the winter, it is better to lay it down and let
it remain in that position until spring, for if it is
fastened with the post in an upright position, it will
be broken with the spring floods........