It Rained This Weekend… ALOT.

15 inches at our house in 2 days, to be exact. On Saturday afternoon about 2:30, our house sprung a leak. Er… uh… leaks. Our basement has a living area and our master bed and bathroom. By 6 pm, all the carpet was soaking wet with 2 inches of water in some places. So we fought the water all day Saturday, and started again early on Sunday. When it was all said and done, we had all the carpet ripped out yesterday, a hole cut in our back wall to let the water drain out, and all the flooring and probably much of the walls ruined downstairs.

But we’re all fine; the kids thought it was awesome that we had a wading pool in the basement (nobody call CPS, they were also very mad that we didn’t let them swim in it.) Hopefully we’ll have an appointment with somebody today who can help us get started on getting it fixed.

I also get the sense that our damage is pretty minor compared to a whole lot of people in the area. We literally saw houses on the news floating down the interstate.

Wow. In our family, we’ve done the major sickness thing. We’ve done the “hiding from the tornado” thing. We’ve done the impoverished grad student thing. But this is the first time to do the water thing.

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9 Comments

  • Jared Wilson says:

    Michael, do you have flood insurance?

    I haven’t talked to a single person there who has it. We didn’t get it for our home either. Separate policy, not in a flood plain, blah blah blah.

  • Jared Wilson says:

    Oh, I meant to add, we’ll all think differently about what *could* happen from now on, I think.

  • Michael K. says:

    No flood insurance for us. To sound completely cliche at this point, “I never thought we needed it.”

  • Becky Dietz says:

    Praying for you guys! Basement floods are icky.

  • Karen says:

    Oh Jana and Michael, I HATE that this has happened to you. This world is bent.

    With compassion,
    –Karen

  • Rob Tims says:

    I cannot believe what we’ve been seeing and hearing about the flood. Our old home was 8 inches (if you’ll remember the “savannah” we overlooked), no flood insurance necessary (whatever!) ….

  • Steve says:

    Wow! Thank God it wasn’t worse (floating down the interstate?!), but I’m sad to hear about the damage to your home. This has got to be difficult.

    God bless you guys and may you find rest in his sovereignty during the cleanup and repair process to follow. I know I’m just a reader at your blog, but we’re united as brothers in Christ. If there’s anything that would help (in addition to prayer), I’d like to offer that in some way.

  • Michael K. says:

    Thank you guys for your kind words. We’re still trying to figure stuff out here. Pretty crazy stuff. I’ll post later in the week with an update as to what’s going down.

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