Friday, February 26, 2010

A river runs thru' it (our window!)

Update: Hooray! Both the TV and the x-box still work! :) But the cable box is fried. We got lots more snow today ... but at this point snow is better than rain & no more water has come in so today's cleanup wasn't so bad. I will say this all has served as some motivation to clean the basement! The finished part it is in pretty good order at this point - in fact I'm going to sit by the fire down there shortly - but the storage room .... well - that's another story. I'm in the mood for spring cleaning now! I hope it lingers & I'm still in the mood when the time is right for it! In hindsight this all could have been so much worse. So thankful it wasn't.


When it rains it pours here (seriously we get some intense rain!) & after all my recent talk about Noah's Ark, last night something happened that has never happened as long as we've lived here. A big snowstorm the day before followed by tons of rain on its tail created a menagerie of ice dams & channels setting up "the perfect storm" to really wreak some havoc - which in our case meant we essentially had a river running through our basement window!! Thankfully our dog, Katie, made sure we knew about it right away - but evenso, with all hands on deck, we likely bailed &/or pumped near 100 gallons of water w/ shopvac, carpet cleaner, buckets & towels before my husband & son eventually managed to sandbag & divert the flow. To look outside our window at the time, you might have thought you were looking into an aquarium without any fish! What a mess we have to clean up after today. I think we may have lost an x-box 360 & possibly big screen tv too :( Trying to let them dry out before we attempt to turn them on.... & I gather more rain is on the way.

ugh.

10 comments:

Yiota said...

Are you sure it's not funny Friday? glad you're all ok but all this mess! wish I could help!

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

Wow, I know the feeling about pumping basements. We had to do it to our house in Indiana before we sold it after moving to Texas. Thankfully you had your own little 'alarm'!

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

Wow, I know the feeling about pumping basements. We had to do it to our house in Indiana before we sold it after moving to Texas. Thankfully you had your own little 'alarm'!

Dawn E said...

Ugh...so sorry for you guys! Hope the electronics dry out and work fine.

Scattering Lupines said...

Wow. That's not funny at all!

...except maybe in light of the Noah's Ark talk of late :)

I would come help with the cleanup if I weren't down in NC. I hope your electronics are okay and there's not expensive water damage on your house.

Susan said...

ack! what a mess. I hope all dries out ok. thanks for the linky love.

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Oh my gosh! How awful! I'm sorry to hear you had such a mess to deal with. I guess with the ground still somewhat frozen, the water has to find somewhere to go.

marnie said...

Sorry to hear about your personal flood. Yikes. If we had a basement we would have been pumping it out a few weeks ago too. Instead it was propping up a tree and cleaning out window tracks so the water would run outside instead of in like it did. Glad to know you are all ok.

Randi Sue said...

Glad you guys are ok and the clean up wasn't as bad as you thought.

Courtney at Scattering Lupines said...

That's great news!