Flood Buddy

April 29, 2011

Family

Look what we discovered crawling around our yard after the flood. It was a nice surprise.

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Today’s local news stories are loaded with stories about the yesterday’s flooding. Some folks even found a fish in their yard. I guess the 9 inches of rain we’ve received for the month of April was too much for us. Lawd, some places don’t even get that much rain in a YEAR. The weather has been CRAZY, just crazy for a few years now. We are wondering if it has to do with all that “geo-engineering” that’s been reportedly going on.

Yesterday, we woke up early to see our yard looking like a lake and our basement filled with about 2 1/2 feet of water– with a horrible black oil slick over everything. You can read the story at my home blog, New York Renovator. My dear friend Carole commented that she was amazed at my calmness as I reported our situation, but honestly– I cried when I saw the basement. It was awful. Then, after about 10 minutes of despair, the brain must go into survivalist mode, because that’s what we ran on for the rest of the day.

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Central New York has been hit with very strange weather not seen very often in these parts– tornadoes and damaging floods. One guy’s home lost its roof, other folks had to evacuate, small creeks were overwhelmed with uprooted TREES clogging bridges and roads. Crazy.

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As much as our damage was heartbreaking and as much as my heart faints from all the work we have to do (including fixing the home’s foundation), some folks lost much more. Thank God, no one was seriously hurt around here.

So today we have to scrub out the basement. We already removed all the junk yesterday. It looks awful, piled up in the yard…. but them again, EVERYBODY’s yards look like that. So I don’t feel so bad. Gotta get a truck and haul all the junk away… and then I have to fix the stone foundation. On the bright side, we are getting a new water heater. And I had to clean out the basement, anyway. So I guess this is my kick in the pants to get motivated.

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3 Responses to “Flood Buddy”

  1. blueyes Says:

    makes you wonder sometimes why the need for basements was implemented. I mean down here if anybody had one it would be flooded probably 99% of the time if not 100% as we are below sea level to begin with. Hopefully some solution will present itself SOON so this doesn’t keep happening because it just has to be horrible each time.

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Hi blueyes. It has been an ongoing problem for many years now, about a decade. I’ve begged the town to fix it. It’s a complicated situation– the town allowed excessive development to be build in the surrounding hills (most established residences are in valleys by the creeks)– you know, those enormous McMansions on hills, and shopping centers that gobble up the municipal storm drain system– so there’s no easy solution. My county and its towns have federal consent orders to fix the stormwater problems or else (raw sewage is sometimes seen because the stormwater systems cannot keep up with the huge demands). They’d better get moving because every 3-4 years, we get something like this, now.

    Basements here are necessary. In cold climates, the ground shifts sharply from frost heave. If all we had were slabs, our houses would fall down.

    We cannot stop the water, we can only control it. Basements help control the water when they are managed by a good stormwater system.

  3. Rena Says:

    Oh dear, I just saw these posts!! Sorry to hear that you all had to deal with flooding.

    Our roof is leaking in two places, we have an old slate roof and can’t afford to have it replaced so will have to have it patched. I have to make some calls tomorrow to get some estimates.

    Hope things are getting better, if you need anything, let us know.