The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Monday, February 28, 2011

And the rain descended, and the floods came...

Mondays. We really like Mondays. The kids get to sleep in until 8:00am. Jerome and I rise alone and have a prayer time together. This Monday we heard the thunder at night, but all was quiet when Jerome headed into the bathroom at 6:30. One look out the window and the shout came:

"Get up! We are in TROUBLE!"

This was the view out back. The trees in the back are on the banks of a small creek. A creek my kids play in regularly. It had definitely run amuk.

Jerome and I ran into our walkout basement and saw a flood coming. I have no pictures for about an hour. The water was just starting to pour in the walkout door and he was frantically pulling the computer up and yelling "Wake the kids, we need 'em!"

I usually sing as I call the kids to rise up. Not today, I was flipping light switches and yelling: "GET UP, WE NEED YOU THERE'S A FLOOD IN THE BASEMENT!"

We pulled everything out of that basement as fast as we could. Books we loaded on tables and other items we ran up the stairs and dumped wherever. After an hour we had all important items safe.

Jerome was keeping a very watchful eye on that equipment room you see in the back. We did not want anyone to get electrocuted. The water was ice cold. When we realized how cold our feet were getting we worried about the kids and had them scurry to warm up and find boots.

The flow through the back door.

To stop the flow, Jerome and Braydon built this dam. They left for the store to get another sump pump and 20 sandbags. Our sump pump had never stopped running, but couldn't handle the flow. The second one got so hot it stopped working for awhile.

Our neighbors in the "cornfield" behind our house.

One of the things we thanked God for today was having a large family. All hands on deck, meant even the youngest. He was so proud of all the work he could do. We couldn't have done it without all of them. We saved everything in the basement. More than one child came to me today and said "This was fun." They knew the flood was bad and an emergency, but they loved the camaraderie of working together and being a one-accord family.

After using shop vacs and a rented carpet cleaner, this was the end of our day.

A lot of progress!

Our basement is around 1000 square feet and was used for all of our homeschooling. We had to relocate a lot of stuff. We had basically dumped everything during the emergency hour and could barely walk through our main level. The girls were incredible as they sorted and stacked and arranged so that we can now operate upstairs while the carpet is being dried out.

A corner of my bedroom.

Part of the living room.

We have many such stacks and corners around the house, but it is livable and workable now. While helping with all this, Riane kept the ever present laundry and dishes up too.

The hardest working man I have ever met!

Insurance will not cover us at all because we do not live in a flood zone and did not choose to buy flood insurance. This was the 100 year flood! However, we praise God. We just have to dry out the carpet and we are back on track -- no real damage. We will have a clean carpet and an opportunity to purge all the stuff that has been accumulating in the basement -- all jobs we had intended to get to.

We ended the day feeling thankful -- for our family and for the protection of the Lord.

Now let me finish that verse I started:

"And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock." (Matthew 7:25)


Richardson Family said...

oh my word, I'm glad everything turned out ok!

rizzo6 said...

Wow! So glad you caught it in time -- what great kids to work so hard! You guys are amazing!
Dean and Sue

Benji & Amy said...

Glad there wasn't any real damage! Yeah to all of you for working together!