Yesterday I had 2.7 inches of rain here at my house. I emptied the rain gauge at midnight. This morning at 7:30 I had 2.1 inches again.
I'm not close to a river or stream. Fortunately. The banks of the waterways are not holding what is coming at them from every direction, and flooding is at every creek.
On the other side of the big mountain (Sierra Blanca) from me is Ruidoso. The Village got over 5" in the last 36-48 hours, and all the rivulets have become creeks, the creeks are rivers. This is mountainous country, forested, and every place that the hillside dips becomes a potential rivulet, feeding into creeks and then into rivers. Rio Ruidoso (Ruidoso River, for those who need the translation) is a very small river which most might call a creek under normal conditions, and it floods at 6 feet. This morning it it over 11 feet. There have been several "rapid water rescues" and one person is missing after being seen bobbing in the waters.
This kind of weather doesn't happen here. We don't have hurricanes here. Well, OK, remnants of hurricanes, as this is, in truth. This is monsoon season here, but 5" of rain in 2 days does not happen.
My lost grass seed, peat moss, and top soil is a piddling loss right now. I guess I will reframe the run-off loss to say that I'm going to have a lovely lawn on my side yard, and be happy that it isn't actually floating down some creek! OK, I need to work on the stubble of the scrub oak out there and enjoy that I have grass! Somewhere.
I'll replant after the big rains stop. My problems are few.