This is the emergency message we got on our phones last night, to seek immediate shelter now! We had a tornado watch in effect and approximately 10,000 lightning strikes, per the news channel we were watching. The tornado siren blared in the background from the fire station down the road, as we sat at the kitchen table watching the rain and lightning. If you click on the photo, you can see the water roughly flowing down our street.
We even got the dogs in their harnesses, just in case we did have to head for cover, but we never had to. We just watched out the front window as our street was filling up with water. Within just a few minutes of the rain starting, we watched as both sides of the street started to look like little rivers with some major force behind them, and then all of a sudden, both little rivers connected, which completely covered our street. The rain just kept coming and before we knew it, the water from the road started to rise up and over the front part of our lawn and up our driveway. We got worried. And, we worried for a good reason because when I headed downstairs to check the basement, it was flooding. Yikes! This is something that no one ever wants to see.
We called our neighbor for help to get the water out as we made numerous trips to dump the shop vac outside into the river in front of the house. I had a brilliant idea and turned on the carpet shampooer to suck up the water in the laundry room, and it worked like a charm, as the guys worked in the other half of the basement with the shop vac. Thank you so much Shawn & Roy for helping clean up the basement! A few hours later, we got all the water out of the basement.
While watching the river in our street get wider and wider, we noticed two large objects coming down the park road towards our road. At first I thought it was two deer, but then realized it was two of the large garbage cans from the park.
There is damage everywhere, the roads took such a big hit with the flooding last night, as huge chunks are missing in the road. The pieces missing are so big that you can even see the metal screen underneath the road in some places.
Now, today, the street sweeper worked on cleaning up the debris on our street, and then I saw the city workers filling in all the holes with blacktop. Thanks guys for your fast clean up!
The only bad news is, that they said we have yet another storm heading our way for tonight. I’ve got the shop vac on stand by…