Sunday, June 8, 2008

A Wet Weekend!

Friday it rained and rained and rained. Chris got sent home early from work because they had no electricity and several cars were damaged by a flying billboard.
When he got home he immediately checked out the basement. There was just a little water in one corner. By 9:30 the water was over 2 feet high in our basement! It covered the third step. Chris had unplugged the deepfreezer before the water got too high. It was floating on its side. There was nothing we could do at the time. So, we went to bed.
We weren't in bed too long before we heard a loud "BOOM" coming from the basement. All of our stuff stacked in rubbermaid tubs on pallets were knocked over by all of the water! We could see saved wedding programs floating in the water. It was too risky to get in the water to save our stuff - we could have been electricuted.
Since I was pretty drugged up on muscle relaxants and pain killers, I slept fine - without any worries or concerns about our ruined stuff in the basement. However, Chris was up most of the night, upset about the damage.
By Saturday morning the water had drained and we were left with 3/4" - 1" of mudd covering the entire basement floor. Since I was little help because of my back/neck/left arm pain, Tom came over to help Chris. They carried all of our stuff from the basement outside to dry. It was depressing to see ruined wedding memorabilia, winter clothes, and precious books that are irreplacable. Worst of all: The dryer was broke!!!
After waiting over 24 hours with a fan on the dryer to dry... it still didn't work. We went to Sears today and got a new one.
Unfortunately, our rental insurance doesn't cover flood damage. We are hoping that the people we are renting from has good home owner's insurance on the place and we'll get our money back from this disaster. We also hope they will put a sump pump in the basement to prevent this from happening again.
I know... it could have been worse... yes... you are right... but we're still upset. :-(

I hope everyone else had a dryer weekend! :-)

8 comments:

Aubrey said...

What a welcome to your new home!! Seems like there were a lot of incidents of full basements. Makes you wonder why they have 'em in the first place!

Sarah D said...

Did you get a cool new Red dryer?

Christina said...

We didn't get a new Red dryer that I have been dreaming about... we didn't want to invest too much in a new dryer since it had to go back into the same basement. :-(

Amanda M said...

I am so sorry about the loss of all of your keepsakes. That is sad. I am just glad that was all that was damaged.

Dawn said...

That sucks. Big time. We are still drying out our basement. It stinks, literally.
Luckily, nothing was ruined, except maybe the carpet.

Christina said...

Dawn - I hope your carpet isn't ruined!!! That can get pricey!!! Luckily our basement is unfinished so Chris and Tom squeeged (sp?) the water to the natural drain.

Christina said...

Dawn - I hope your carpet isn't ruined!!! That can get pricey!!! Luckily our basement is unfinished so Chris and Tom squeeged (sp?) the water to the natural drain.

Maryann Goldman said...

I'm just getting caught up on your blog. I am so sorry to hear about your water damage. I tend to be very attached to my memories. I'm bummed for you that some of your wedding things and books were ruined. I hope the landlord fixes things up so it won't happen again.