Well it's been quite a day. There was a weather warning yesterday for "rain, heavy at times" but not a warning to book passage on Noah's Ark!! When I went to bed it was raining quite hard and soon I could hear pounding rain outside. About 1:30am I heard a noise. The sump pump was running. I debated going to the basement to check things out but was almost scared of what I might see. I decided there was nothing I could do anyway so I might as well go back to sleep. (Of course I didn't sleep). It was torrential rain all night
So this morning I meekly descended to the basement and on the bottom step I heard water running. Oh My heart fell into my stomach. The floor was dry at first but the further back I went I started seeing some water and then I saw the source. Water was literally spouting out a hole in the foundation wall near the corner.
You can't see it from this picture but it looked like there was an invisible man against the wall, peeing on my oil tank! Just one constant stream. You know in cartoons when there is a leak and someone plugs it and then 6 more leaks spring up around it? I was scared that might happen. Ugh, like I need this kind of trouble. All the way upstairs I muttered about how stupid I was to think I could own a house, etc etc .
Then I checked my phone. All kinds of messages about flooding across town, street closures and worse. So now I knew my work day wasn't going to be much better than my wake-up discovery.
This photo is off my old street where I lived with Mom. Looks more like a river. I've lived here my whole life and have never seen anything like this here
And a retirement/nursing home in town had to evacuate 85 residents in the middle of the night. It is still raining but all streets have receded enough to re-open but no word on when the nursing home might be open again. The sump pump here was stopped running and I have called a permacrete installer to come and look at my basement Wednesday. Thank goodness for lines of credit!
Ahh Monday, you were a hateful witch today.