Sunday, August 28, 2011

After Action Report...

"Is that all you got!", I screamed into the wind and rain...then the boys laughed at me and we got back to work digging a trench in my manicured lawn to get a pool of water to flow away from the house.

Sons #1 and #2 and I put on our rain gear and tried to determine the cause of several basement leaks just as the worst of it came.  Some were just seeping through the walls - August set a record for rainfall BEFORE Irene, but others were leaking fast.  The house sits about 4 to 5 feet above the street and the low point of the backyard - but it is level right at the base, and the huge amount of rain (coming sideways) overwhelmed the gutters - so we had a moat.

As we were tearing up the lawn, I told the boys it reminded me of "The River" with Mel Gibson (before he, you know, got weird...oh, and the clip is in Spanish...#1, #2 and I speak it - but not last night!).

The clouds were much higher than I thought, black and solid, not like a thunderstorm.  Then just as lightening was flashing, #3 yelled out that there was a tornado warning.

By the time we finished, we were in the eye.  It was so calm, it was creepy. 

Using tarps, dismantling some of the landscaping, even using skim boards - we guided the water away from the house and the leaks stopped.

A co-worker a couple neighborhoods over (I usually wish I had bought over there) lost power early, and its still out.  Ours hung in - flickered a few times, but that's all.

So, other than the small trench in the lawn, and a bunch of wet towels - resetting the clocks was the worst of it...oh, and Mrs. Bannon baked cookies!

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Aunt Hopie said...

Of course she did...with homemade peanut butter I suspect :-) Glad you're all safe. We all survived 117 degrees here.

LL said...

Basements would seem to be more trouble than they're worth. However you staunched the deluge and that's a good thing.

Mrs. K said...

OH phooey, I missed out on all the excitement...always a day late and a dollar short. The most excitement we have here is playing cards and watching the big dark gray clouds gather. Then we get to make bets on if we will get rain along with all the thunder and lightning we are experiencing.

Actually, we now have 2 new and exciting things added to our otherwise busy lives. 1. Tandem kayaking...so much to see on the shores of the lakes. 2. Geocaching has turned out to be quite an adventure (exercise in disquise).

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