Yesterday we had one of the worst rain storms I can remember. The day began windy with teaming rain, and that was the best part of the day. The afternoon brought line after line of thunder storms. At one point, my cousins and I were looking out the back window and marvelling at the river that was flowing between the backyards. Then we were marvelling at the fact that the fire pit area was under about three inches of water. Then we moved to the front windows to watch the river of water race through the gullies that line the street, we have no sewers. My cousin then went down stairs and all hell broke loose. The carpet was saturated where he had stepped. We don't have a real basement as this is a split level. The lower half has a family room, bedroom, full bath and a huge launder/storage area. The outer walls are supposed to be sealed. About twenty minutes later, there was an inch of water and rising. The rest of the day was spent bringing what furniture we could upstairs. And the water kept rising... We got out the shop vac and started vacuuming, despite the fact that it was still pouring out. This went on all night. By this afternoon all of the water was up and now we are trying to dry the carpet. I won't know for a few days how damage there was.
Now lest you think the title of the post was an exaggeration, when we took a drive to see if the roads had reopened, there was a large mud slide on the top of the mountain. Wish I had thought to bring my camera and take pictures.
Of course you realize that my first thoughts of disaster was not for the carpet, or the furniture, or the appliances that were flooding. It was for my seedlings. They are on stands in the laundry room and the timer and a surge protector are on the floor. Boy was that fun having to figure a way to wade through the water, without getting electrocuted, to unplug the lights. Thus, the rest of the lettuce seedlings went out to start hardening and once the cement dries I will have to figure out a way to rewire- more rain is forecast for the coming week. AUGH...