to answer the unending question lately, yes, the river is coming back up. i realize that all that mulch i laid last week might be a bit premature, but i'm hoping for the best. they are currently predicting 21.6 or something. and i like to think that this little lady knows best and wouldn't have made her home if we weren't safe! at least this will be a test for the new Gabion that i built Sunday to hopefully protect my garden in the future. it worked for the beach!