I Told You We’ve Had Too Much Rain

April 28, 2011

water problems, weather woes

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The husband woke me up at around 7:30 this morning, telling me he needed my help. The basement had flooded.

If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you’ll remember that my area has severe flooding problems. It’s actually a sharp bone of contention in my town, as many of us think that super-over-development of surrounding rural areas has created a stormwater crisis. We suffered severe floods since 2000, with 2006 and 2007 being the worst. After the kids and I dug a dry well and we installed a second pump, the basement has rarely flooded in excess of a few inches for several years. We kinda hoped our flooding days were over. During last year’s renovation, I had to store a lot of stuff in the basement (we were using our garage as a living space): power tools, wood, everything from the garage, really. So while we always checked the basement when it rained, it has been dry thus far. And I haven’t had a chance to clean the basement and put the garage back together yet (I was going to do that as soon as the weather got warmer, which, incidentally, happened yesterday).

But we have had a heck of a lot of rain this month. Last I heard, the weather guy said that out of 28 days in April, we’ve had measurable rain for 26 of them. Earlier this week, we’ve had 6 inches of rain total for April. But last night’s torrential rains upped that a bit, I’d say.

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To those who knew what was happening this morning: Thank you SO SO much for praying. I know it has helped. We had a complication this time, and I was very afraid of what would happen.

Unfortunately, we had stored in our basement–a lot of stuff: old engine oil waiting to go to the hazardous waste facility; paint; tools; etc. All that was washed up in the water that came surging in through our sump well. It coated everything and made water removal impossible.

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The fire department came to help, but when they saw the oil, they had to call the DEC. It was pretty scary for a while, as I envisioned tens of thousands of dollars in bills from a HAZMAT team… but after it FINALLY stopped raining, we surveyed the damage. The DEC guy said that the oil spill was not large and therefore would not require a HAZMAT team (nor expensive bills). He said we could hire a professional cleanup crew to clean this up, or I could do it myself to save money. Guess which I chose…. he gave me a run down of what to get and how to clean it up, and how to dispose of the waste…. lots to do this week!

Anyway, we still have water in the basement. We have to control it carefully as we pump it out, because we cannot allow any oil to flow into the municipal water system (and the nearby creek). As the water goes down, we are mopping up the oil with large absorbent pads. Once the water is all gone, I begin the long process of shoveling out the sediment, removing the debris, junking the debris, and washing the walls and floor. My insurance will pay for a new water heater and for my ruined tools and power saws, thank God.

The yard is a disaster, filled with several layers of thick sediment from the flood waters. My house sits at a low spot in the general area, and seems to collect all the neighboring flood waters, so we bear the brunt of the flooding. I’ve got a lot of cleanup on my hands. I’ll have to take a few days off from work to care for this.

If you ask what we need pray for, it’s NO MORE RAIN. Please, no more rain. I know so many people have it worse off than us, so pray for them, too. God is a big God, and He cares even about my small problems. 🙂

Thanks for your support, friends. It makes things like this more bearable. God bless you. 🙂

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10 Responses to “I Told You We’ve Had Too Much Rain”

  1. blueyes Says:

    Is there really no way to petition the city or county to get a line going from your property to somewhere lower so it all flows out? Heck, even add a tank somewhere? They finally redid the drainage system here because of the flooding because they wanted to build a new hospital right in the deep part and had to had these humongous square boxes underneath the cement and have all the water flow in that when it rises. Can’t do anything like that there?

  2. Carole Says:

    Well God bless you for being so calm and positive about this whole thing, I had to pick my mouth up off the floor after I read your post!!! Oooohhhhhhhh….! I’m SO SO GLAD your insurance will cover all your tools and water heater, but all that clean up…. 🙁 🙁 🙁 Oy! I will definitely be praying for no more rain, and to keep you all strong and positive and the time goes quick as you clean up that big mess! 🙁 (((((HUGS)))))

  3. Mike Says:

    Oh, my goodness! That’s horrible flooding! 🙁 Maybe you could bring those pictures right into the town building and protest for a better drainage system. 😛 DEFINITELY going to be praying for no more rain for a while, and praying for you guys…

  4. Claire Says:

    Hi Rebecca
    I have been following your blog from Belgium since we used to drop cards on each other via Entrecard (afraid I gave up on my blog). I am sooo sorry this has happened to you! You work so tirelessly and then something like this happens. I really hope you have got lots of people there helping you out 🙂 Friends of ours had there house broken into last night while they where in bed, it just makes you realise whats important.
    Keep being positive and keep your chins up!
    Claire x

  5. Miss Szymanski Says:

    Oh my goodness! That’s terrible! I heard that some of the roads in your area were flooded, too… nasty downpour! 🙁

    I think that if Elijah could pray that it would not rain on the earth, and it did not, then we most certainly can pray — and expect to receive — an end to this rain that is causing major flooding! 🙂

    I am praying for you guys!

  6. Anna Says:

    That’s awful! If only you could share some of your excess rain with somewhere that needs it, like Texas!

    I hope the clean-up goes well.

  7. karen Says:

    I’m praying, Rebecca. How awful!

  8. Marg Says:

    That is just awful. Gosh we will say lots of prayers for you that it doesn’t happen again. Glad you could get it cleaned up yourself. Save a little money. Take care and don’t work too hard.

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