Dr. Smith relocated from drought-ridden Colorado to the lush hills of SE Ohio – he liked the changing of the seasons and rain in the forecast. SE Ohio has changeable weather, from the extreme cold of winter, to the sweltering days of summer, with plenty of rain and flooding in-between. Dr. Smith hit the jackpot weather-wise!
Built close to the McDougal Branch of Federal Creek, Milliron Clinic is two feet out of the floodplain. On several occasions, this has caused extra work for Dr. Smith, mostly installing extensive drains throughout the parking lot.
|Dr. Smith at work, over the parking lot drain.|
Water has been known to rush down the hill from the farmhouse into the clinic parking lot. Before the drains, Dr. Smith placed flood barriers at the bottom of the farmhouse hill so that the heavy flow would not enter the clinic. In time, the barrier could not handle the flow and torrential rain broke the barrier, covering the clinic floor. Shortly after, Dr. Smith installed large drains in the parking lot (see photos). The drains lead directly to the creek, just below the clinic.
The creek still swells. The clinic still stands. And the parking lot never floods.