Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The rains came down and the floods came up

One of the reasons we bought our house is this beautiful creek that runs through the back of our propriety. It is a dream for little kids. They can play, get dirty, and find reptiles. Then I make then stand out side, strip down, and run for the bath. Well, two weeks ago the creek wasn't so awesome. About 12:15 am Jeremy was sitting at the table working on his dissertation(the one time it has paid off to work 15 hours days). All of the sudden his feet felt wet. He thought that a pipe in the house had broken, but no such luck. He looked around and noticed water was coming in through most of the walls in the house. I was awakened by Jeremy calling up stairs saying "the house is flooding." I got up and did the only logical thing I could think of at 12:15 am, get some towels to soak up the water. I arranged them by the door thinking I had resolved the problem. In about 2 minutes the towels were floating in an inch of water. The fire department came to evaluate this situation. They were afraid that they might have to evacuate the neighborhood. After about 20 minutes the waters receded and we think that the creek got dammed up some where. We called our dear friends who let us sleep at their house helped vacuum out water, and rip carpets out. After sleeping for 3 hours we came home and found the damage was not as bad as we imagined. We ran ripped off baseboards, ran fans and dehumidifiers for 72 hours. Yesterday we got new carpet and baseboards installed. Through this I am amazed at peoples kindness and concern. Several people from church were at our house first thing in the morning. We also had FEMA and someone from the Governors office stop by to see the damage. Thank you to all of our friends how helped, called, cooked, and opened their houses to us. This is a picture of the kids room. I will post updated pictures soon.

7 comments:

Kelsey said...

Wow, that really sucks! So sorry! Glad the damage wasn't too bad and glad you had such good friends to call on.

Ashli Dardenne said...

Gosh. That's no fun to deal with. The joys of being a homeowner. At least your roof didn't cave in or something like that. If I lived close by you could have come to my house. =)

Karebear said...

Oh, Wow! That is crazy. I'm am so sorry to hear. What a crazy night and few days that must have been for you! So, did Jeremy get his disertation done?

I have been thinking about you guys so much I should call you!

Sheri said...

Unbelieveable! That creek normally runs so low, that had to have been a ton of water! What a pain but I'm glad you've been well taken care of.

MartyE said...

Oh my goodness! Aren't you so glad that Jeremy was awake?!I am so glad that you were able to get things cleaned up so fast.

Go dissertation, go!!

Hillary said...

I would have been freaking out! That is no fun, but i am glad the damage wan't too bad!

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