Hi everyone. I'm new around these parts. These forums have already helped me immensely but I'm hoping y'all can help me with what's probably a stupid idea. Our 8 acres is butted up against what for the majority of the year is a small creek even though it's called a river. During a decent rain the river rises pretty quickly and floods half of our back pasture, 2 or 3 acres. Because our property is sloped, it's deep enough to swim in if we were stupid enough. It takes a day or two to drain, and though it has a gnarly undercurrent, it doesn't cause much trouble... usually. This past August, though, Louisiana had a monster once-in-a-lifetime storm and places flooded that had never flooded before, including the front half of our property where our house and outbuildings were. I'm not saying this to garner sympathy, I just want you to know that I understand how hazardous flood water can be. What I want to know is if there's any way I could use it to our advantage? We've just recently moved back, we're building higher and smarter, and we have an entire homestead to re-plan and restart. I've read about collecting rainwater to use for irrigation and animals, but what I want to know is if it's going to flood a couple times a year anyway, can that water be harvested? Can it be used safely with or without treatment? If so, any ideas on how we would do this? Like I said... probably a stupid idea, but I had to ask.