Well, I live at the epicenter of the flood in PA. My little town was unaccessable from all directions yesterday but we can get around now. My current status is about an inch of water made it into the basement and ruined the carpet. No other real damage to my house. My daughter, who’s getting married in8 days in the backyard, has her townhouse they were going to move into on the Susquehanna River. At the moment, water should be entering their 1st floor and current projections put about 4’ in the 1st floor.
Here’s my saga. Katie, my daughter, has had us helping get her home ready over Labor Day wekend. Painted the first floor, mater bedroom and bathroom last Sat. Sunday we worked on cleaning, a few minor repairs and setting up the TV. Mon we worked on hooking up the surroung sound, but I left early because my other daughter was headed back to State College. Tues I worked on my clock wedding gift that I’ve blogged about. Tues on the 11:00 news, the Susquehanna River projection was to crest at 24.5 ft which means for Katie, water on the 1st floor. The last flood they had was 24.4 ft and the carpet stayed dry. I didn’t sleep much thinking about what she should do.
Thurs morning texted and talked to her and advised her to stay home from work and prepare for a flood. By noon she called for help. I checked my sump pump before leaving and the well was full. Jiggled the float and the pump kicked on and started working. Took my son & truck and went to help Katie. Went spent several hours moving all the big stuff up to the second floor. I sent my son home. It took him over 2 hrs for a 20 min drive and without local road knowledge abd GPS help he wouldn’t have made it.
Katie and I finished up. We left 2 couches, a corner cupboard and some bins that her inlaws were to pick up on the 1 st floor. She has some dishes and appliances in the upper cabinets, about 4 1/2 ft off the floor. By then many roads between her location and my house were flooded. My wife was stranded at the Hershey Medical Center where she works. My son wasn’t home yet. I called my step Mom and they went to check on my house & sump pump. They found about an inch of water in the finished basement, carpet ruined, and did a great job saving most of the stuff.
I plotted a route in my head for Katie & I to get to Palmyra going the round about way. We passed flooded field about 1/2 mile wide from 10ft wide creeks. The water was at the white striope on the side of the road there. Later we drove through about a foot of fast flowing water and made it. Traffic backed up everywhere. Saw a cop who told us there was no way into our town from Hershey, 5 miles. made the decision to head to a resturant in Hershey for dinner and drinks because we were going to stay with a friend of Katie’s nearby. Decided against driving through about18” of water and found another way that had us drive through 6” of water.
Made it to an open resturant, Fennicci’s. Dinner, drinks. Katie’s upset, crying then laughing hysteriacally. Her first home with her husband is going to seriously fllood. Her fiance is in Buffalo and who knows how he’ll get here. She’s got 70 people comomg to a house she can’t even reach. We went to Rite Aid for toiletries. the cleck ther tells us she live next to our subdivision and she just got to work, the road is open.
Back to the car and an easy drive home. Called my wife, who had decided to drive about 20 miles around to attempt to get home from the north. She couldn’t and had found a hotel room without power. I told her how she could make it and she did. We spent last night carrying stuff out of the basement and trying to safe what could be saved. My wife and son took turns manually starting and stopping the sump pump all night. Katie & I tried to rest.
Today, Thurs., we’ve got the stuff secured. My tool appear safe. Some clamps got wet. Some wood got stained. The clock project looks safe. It was sitting on a high spot on concete covered with carpet. Thank you, Lord. I just installed a new sump pump so we won’t have to manually operate the switch and we’ll all be able to get some sleep. We’ve started tearing up the carpet, only about a 4’ wide strip so far, but we’ve got a plan and everything together & organized.
My neighbors have a 4’ sinkhole opening by their mailbox and it looks like the ground is about to give way and open it up to 20’. We’ll get the basement carpet out of there Fri and start the dehumindifiers drying things out. sat Katie’s bridesmaid & Mom arrive. They have been in the US for awhile but are from Australia. They were going to stay in the basement but now will head to my Dad’s.
If it dries out soon, we’ll start getting ready for a wedding. The dogs get boarded next Wed, tent arrives Thurs, rehearsal Fri abd wedding Sat. No stress here, huh?
After that, my shop is moving to the larger side of the basement. Former shop side will be storage. We’ll leave the wall and ceiling finished but are done with the carpet. I’m going to put down horse stall mats, ala Chris Schwartz. New area will be 13’6” by 25” with an additionnal bump out for the scroll saw and one that the lathe will llok great in. That might be the best news of this mess, other than all are safe, including the fiance who made it to his Dad’s.
Sorry for the typo and grammer mistakes, I’m tired and not proofreading this. Going to have a bourbon, or two, and watch football. Tomoorow is a new day.
-- Every cloud has a silver lining