Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Great Flood of 2013

Shirts with that title coming to you soon.

Last month Colorado received a lot of rain in a short amount of time (I think I read somewhere it was like 15 inches of rain in 2 days?  But don't quote me on that).  Blaine called from work and asked me to check our basement just in case water was getting in.  I kind of rolled my eyes and slowly walked downstairs.  To my surprise water was covering the entire basement floor, it was up to my ankles and toys were just floating around.  Naturally, like I do, I started to freak out.  Luckily the kids were napping or at preschool so I was able to act as fast as I could.  I grabbed our computer first and then worked hard to get the couch off of the ground and then try and figure out where the water was coming from.

You always here of people's basements flooding...I just never thought it would happen to us.  The past few years Colorado has made the news for droughts and fires, not excessive rain!!! I really was in shock.

Blaine came home right away and we started to clear out the basement.  Blaine's dad (who really helped us SOOOO much, I don't know what we would have done without him!!), neighbors, friends and more family came to help us extract water, provide shop vacs, and extract more water when it flooded two days later.  Treats and dinners were provided and I can't believe how many people from our church stopped by to help without even asking.

Compared to those across the state we were extremely lucky and blessed.  Our lives were inconvenienced greatly and at the time it was a very big deal for our family, but we were lucky.  We did have a few things get ruined, and our computer was pretty damaged but with a lot of money we were able to save our hard drive.  If it rains I still have a hard time sleeping and often have nightmares that our entire house has flooded.  So it was stressful, but like I said it could have been a lot worse!

Here's a video of the second time our basement flooded.  It had only been raining for literally 5 minutes and the water accumulated that quickly on the ground.  This time was pretty scary because it was really windy, hailing and the tornado sirens were going off.

There are a lot more details of this ordeal but what I want to remember and document is that this trial was a blessing.  It was such a testament of my faith on how my personal prayers were directly answered in this situation.  Heavenly Father was definitely watching over us, protecting us and helping us to find ways to fix our house.

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Aside from the mess the flood created it also put a little halt on my blogging.  I mean I've been pretty inconsistent for awhile now but being without my computer for so many weeks meant a lot of catching up on work once we got it back. Anyway, all is well.  I'm sitting in a dry and restored basement now typing away like nothing happened.  I'll be catching up on all of Nixon's monthly posts, his birthday and everything since then.  I know...you can't wait! ;)

1 comment:

Amy said...

Oh my gosh! So happy that you were able to save your hard drive. I can't imagine what that must have been like. Looking forward to the updates. :)