Thursday, November 20, 2008
As if reverse culture shock was not enough, after only being in the US for a few weeks, the rain started and the town was in preparation for a natural disaster. Record breaking river levels were expected, which meant it was going to flood. And of course our house is right in the middle of the flood zone. So we started our day last Wednesday with these images.
A sandbag filling party was going on downtown and everyone was preparing for the worst. Our house is raised, so we just had to clear out our above ground basement, put everything in the garage loft or high up on shelves, try to clear out most of the firewood from the shed, and stack our porch full with garbage bins, BBQ grills, strollers, etc.
At one point we thought we were not going to get wet and all our work was in vain, but when we woke up, we were greeted by a swimming pool in what used to be our backyard.
It wasn't much better in the driveway either. Good thing we drove both cars to higher ground!
No damage though! Most of our neighbors were pumping water out of their basements for days, ripping out sheet rock, etc. Some even went without hot water for days due to damage. We are lucky our basement is above ground and our hot water heater, etc is all on the top floor of the house. We just had lots of mucky mess for 2 days.
Stay tuned for more Coombes adventures....