We received more than 6″ of rain since last Saturday…on top of already saturated ground. Many cities are dealing with flooding problems. Several, including mine, are dealing with overflowing and backing up sewer systems.
DS called yesterday morning around 9…”mom, I need you to bring in your big shop vac..I have water in the basement and with my little one, I am having to dump it every two minutes..” Ok, says I…load it up and head to town. I called DD , asked if she had water, “no”…”well, keep an eye on it” says I. About 1/2 hour later…ring, ring…”hello?” “MOM!!! Come quick! The basement is flooding” yells DD…
So, back to town goes I…DSIL and I used shop vacs for an hour before we realized we were fighting a losing battle. I had a brain storm, remembered a high faluting pump we had at the ranch when one of the cabin basements flooded. I decide to run home and get it…unfortunately Mother Nature had other ideas. Another torrential downpour (1 1/2″ in about 35 minutes) and roads were flooded. My little Prius couldn’t get through. So…DH manages to get through, brings back pump and the guys get it hooked up.
During all this, DD & DGS age 7, had managed to carry most toys from toy room up to the dining room. The water continued to pour in around the foundation…into DGD age 4, bedroom. So all had to come out of there. We passed dresser drawers up the stairs like a water line fighting a fire. Her bed is a Select Comfort on a plastic pedestal with no legs, so we just pulled the bedding off and piled it on top. If the water got that deep, we were in serious trouble!!
DD sewing room is also in the basement, but has a false floor under it that raised it about 3″ from the concrete floor. Most everything stayed dry there, but anything valuable, electronic or wood was taken upstairs, along with any fabric or quilts that were not in plastic bins. Those were placed on top of her large sewing table.
DD was understandably upset…several crying jags…but is doing ok dealing with it I think. They found out that several friends were in worse shape than them…one guy’s basement walls are collapsing from the water and he had to take his wife to ER in the night with exploding appendix! Several in our town have 3′ of raw sewage in their basements, so I convinced her she has it pretty good…
I didn’t manage to take any pictures, but suffice it to say…it is a mess! I brought the older two kids home with me. I had put some chicken in the crockpot before I left, so DD & DSIL came out for dinner and brought the youngest. All three spent the night with Grandma & Grandpa. Middle one (4 year old) was awake and wanting to play at 5:45 AM. Grandma was NOT a happy camper!!
DD went today to buy Damp Rid and charcoal briquettes to help absorb the odor. No idea yet how much will be lost, but for sure the carpets.
They were trying to decide what to do with the basement rooms…make another bedroom, another bathroom..?? Now they have a ‘clean slate’, well, sort of….
Here is a picture of one fairway at our local golf course. Kind of gives you an idea of how much water was moving out there…and this was BEFORE the last 1 1/2″ fell mid morning….
On the quilting front…have a HUGE (30 – 15″ blocks) t shirt quilt on the frame. DD pieced..and although I brag about her piecing skills, she goofed on this one! I think she forgot to square one edge of one of the blocks. It was only off about 1/3″…but when you start out with that much angle going the wrong way…by the time I got to the bottom, it had multiplied into a 4″ issue!
So, unquilted…unstitched…squared up…restitched…requilted…and all is well. Took me the better part of an hour, but at least it is back on the frame.
Here is a shot of it:
This is the bottom row before I fixed it…if you look closely, you can see the big wrinkle going on at the right edge, just above the clamp.
Today was spent in the office…and on the computer….and now I need to get back to this quilt! I need it off so I can do three small charity quilts, get them bound, and to our guild charity chairperson before I leave for Michigan next week.
Wish me luck!!