a little rain...

so you may have heard we had a little rain in these parts.

let me just second what my neighbor told me the other day, we're all having extreme weather fatigue around here. remember how a tree fell on our house during the april 27 tornado (and three other trees went down as well)? we finally almost got things back to normal and now our basement has flooded due to heavy rains. granted, it didn't flood as in 6 inches of water standing in the basement, but the carpet is soaked and water was coming out of the walls and floors as it filled the space.

we left for dinner and took a picture of the dip on our way out. (in case you're not familiar with my neighborhood, we have a huge dip on our street that is in between a small lake and the golf course. the dip often fills with water as the lake overflows due to heavy rains. i actually grew up using this street as a cut-thru. it's crazy that i live here. which reminds me, we've lived here over a year and are not at all itching to leave. we finally found our long-term home...and it feels good.
just an hour later, this is what the dip looked like as we pulled up from the other side. i've never seen it this full of water. and the homes on this side of the lake were definitely flooded. you couldn't even tell they had a back yard. the water was all the way up to their houses.
we got home and discovered water bubbling out of the ground in our garage. then we realized it was also happening in our basement. the electricity was out, so we couldn't do much about it.
a tree was down across acton road
and camp horner road
either way i went, i had to drive under a tree. oh well, it made for a little excitement. the kids loved it!!

it actually makes way for a new post. next month, look for "our basement - before and after". after considering extracting, drying, and cleaning the carpet downstairs, ron decided he'd rather pull it up. once you pull up the carpet, you then have to stain or paint the concrete below, paint the walls with waterproof paint, pull down the 1960's ceiling tiles, and maybe update the lighting while you're at it. so in a few weeks, we'll have a brand new basement. crazy!

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