This gate is right near the county road and nearly a football field away from the river, but it and the road were both under water during the big flood we had around here in 2007.
The flood did not damage the gate, or fence that it was attached to, other than filling it with sandy dirt and debris that we had cleaned off after the water receded. The cedar fence post that was the anchor for the gate had broken off below ground level and we had a large angle-iron piece of metal drove into the ground to hold it and the gate upright. It was definitely time to update the fence and post.
The gate could no longer swing open or closed easily because the hinges broke off years ago. Wire and baling twine held the gate to the posts, whoever opened the gate had to drag it along the ground while trying to keep it from toppling over. Just the other day, when the big mobile repair truck was leaving after a long day of dismantling the bulldozer, the tire clipped the corner of the gate as he drove past, it bent the gate over on itself almost in half and broke the bottom metal bar.
To fix the gate we started with dismantling all the wire, nails, staples, baling twine, and rusty woven wire fencing off the end of the gate and the posts. The angle-iron was lifted out of the ground by a chain attached to the bucket of the tractor and the fence post that was broke fell over with nothing holding it steady, we dug out the slivers of post that were below ground level.
The fence has now been repaired and the new corner post is firmly set into the ground. We straightened up the gate and re-attached it to the new post with baling twine. My husband said not to worry about using the old gate for a while, it is only until the repair work on the dozer is finished, just in case the mobile truck hits the gate again.
I have a lot of faith in the driver of the truck, I think the sloppy gate was leaning and sticking into his path rather than the notion that he did not quite hit the trail dead-on that lead through the gate.
I’m not sure if I have as much faith that this gate repair will be completed anytime soon with a new gate swinging easily on hinges, sometimes temporary repairs last for years around here… but doesn’t the corner post look great?