Being water logged is not as fun as it sounds.

This morning at 4 am, I was sleeping and minding my own business when the phones started screaming at me.  Flash Flood Warnings!!!  Every 5 minutes!  “Ok, I got it, already.  Stop yelling at me.  I live on a hill for fuck sake and I’m SLEEPING.  Jeez.”   Apparently, 7.5 inches of rain fell in 5 minutes – maybe a few hours – either way, super fast.

Here’s what was happening outside.

This is on a walking trail around the corner from my house.  We took this pic three days ago and couldn't stop commenting on how we'd never seen SO MUCH water coming down the fall.

This is on a walking trail around the corner from my house. We took this pic three days ago and couldn’t stop commenting on how we’d never seen SO MUCH water coming down the fall.

Here’s what the same waterfall looks like today.

That's a lot of water.

That’s a lot of water.

Around 6 am and after about 20 sirens, Volker and I got up to venture outside and survey the damage.  We didn’t get that far.  This is INSIDE.

If I had 30 dogs, I would have assumed that they had all peed on the floor.   I would have been wrong.

If I had 30 dogs, I would have assumed that they had all peed on the floor. I would have been wrong.

The rain ran out of room outside and wanted to come inside to play.  Our house is 30-some years old and has NEVER had water come streaming in from outside. UGH.  Ok.  No problem.  It’s tile.  I’ll just dry it up and go on my merry way.  It’s not like it’s carpet or anything.

Remember how I was painting Rachel’s room and ripping out her carpet?  We did that.  We added a really pretty wood floor.

Before:

Not pretty.

Not pretty.

After:

Pretty.

Pretty.

Then this morning:

Shit.  Ok, It's just a little water (an inch or two in some spots).  It's like mopping, right?  How bad can it be?

Shit. Ok, It’s just a little water (an inch or two in some spots). It’s like mopping, right?  How bad can it be?

Bad.

Not quite the look we were going for.

Not quite the look we were going for.

Wood floors DO NOT like water.

Have I mentioned that we have 6, SIX!, Germans visiting? We have 6 Germans visiting for three weeks. This week they're in Vegas. They'll be back tomorrow. Uh oh.

Have I mentioned that we have 6, SIX!, Germans visiting? We have 6 Germans visiting for three weeks. This week they’re in Vegas. They’ll be back tomorrow. Uh oh.

We called in the professionals to try and save the floors.  They think that the floors will be fine but not before they use some floor sucking technology on them for three days.  I did not volunteer for a floor sucking shift.  A girl’s got to have standards.

There are several of these in the room.  Perfect for growing alien pods.

There is also A LOT of floor blowing – why the hell would the floors ever want to leave?

Eventually, we made it outside.  Holy Noah, Batman.

It's not supposed to look like this.

It’s not supposed to look like this.

He does not look happy.  Tomorrow is his birthday and this is not at all what he had in mind for birthday fun.

He does not look happy. Tomorrow is his birthday and this is not at all what he had in mind for birthday fun.

 

That's better.

That’s better.

By the end of the day, the floors were drying and the water had receded.  Lots of mess for tomorrow but hopefully some fun, too.

Who wants to go tubing?  (That's debris - branches, leaves, bugs, tree bark.  It's NASTY!)

Who wants to go tubing?
(That’s debris – branches, leaves, bugs, tree bark. It’s NASTY! Jump on!)

 

American German language lesson #71

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!  Du bist mein Sonnenschein! (all-es goot zum gay-burts-tag.  do bist mine zone-en-shine)  Happy Birthday!  You are my sunshine! – I hope Volker sunshines it up tomorrow and dries this place out.

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Comments

  1. Ick, this reminds me of those PSAs about how we all need to buy flood insurance stat. Of course I always watch them and go, “Pffft, I’mma not gonna get flooded, I live on a hill!”
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    • julieyoujest says:

      Yeah, homeowners is worthless for this type of thing. We were lucky, several homes got it WAY worse. We just had a couple wet floors. Oh and the dock but it recovered fine.

  2. I love that second Volker pic so much, I wish it was a poster.
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  3. What a mess. Who woulda thunk?
    Hope you’re able to clear out the water soon. Or you simply tell the Germans to bring their bikinis and swim trunks.
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    • julieyoujest says:

      Everything is dried up but a couple of spots on Rachel’s floor. Wood really soaks up the water! A few more days of the sucking machines and, hopefully, everything will be fine.

      We have Germans sleeping everywhere. No speedos required so far!

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