And then came the flooding showed flooding in the drainage easement portion of our neighbor's and our back yards that took place in May of this year. At that time, the water achieved about (or within a few inches in depth) the same flood stage as in a couple of previous years since we moved here in late 1999.
Yesterday, we received another three inches of rain, raising the creek once again. This time, the flood height reached about 2.5 feet higher than in May, as best I can determine. Unfortunately, although I arose frequently during the night and early morning (knees kicking up on me, again!) it didn't occur to me to check how the creek was doing until Hunky Husband mentioned it to me at about 7:00am. At that time, the water was higher than we had ever before seen it; but, we could tell that the flood height had already ebbed at least six or eight inches.
For comparison to the previous flooding, here's a close-up of a 4x4 that is set in concrete - as it appeared when I finally looked out. The post appears in the upper left-hand corner of the view - in the foreground with respect to the trees. The top of the post is over 5.5 feet above ground level. I believe that the water level had peaked at above the top of the post.
Here is the same post as it appeared in May - with the waterline showing the peak water level. In the extreme foreground, the little tree had grown a few inches in the six weeks that elapsed between photos.
The water came within a few feet of our patio, this morning - more than half-way up into our non-drainage-easement back lawn. There is a good chance for more rain during the week.
More photos at: The great flood of July 3, 2016
Graphic stolen from Jean at The Misadventures of Widowhood