Friday, January 04, 2008
Water, water everywhere
There is big storm here in No. Cal. Lots of rain. It occurred to me when I rolled out of bed this am that the sump pump was not going on. The front yard was flooding as it does when the sump pump is not working and there is lots of rain. So at 9:30 am I found myself outside in the rain shoveling sand and gravel wearing my pink rainboots, flannel Eeyore pajama pants and fleece coat. I called Pops home from work as there was flooding under and around the house, and it was increasing. In the meantime I caled jennyalice and asked for refuge. Ki and I went to her house and I took a hot shower there (as our plumbing usually goes out with flooding). She gave me a clean towel, toasted me a coissant and warmed coffee for me. That's a good friend. Then I had to go back home and face the water. Pops was busy digging trenches. We called the county again as it seems the line from the street is again dumping into the backyard. Luckilly, it wasn't sewage this time. I drove and bought a sump pump and got some sand bags. At home we worked more outside to change out the non-working sump pump. I changed out of my 2nd set of wet boots and clothes. We drove to get a sump pump that was the right size and more sand bags. Our calls to the county continued as the city and county were engaging in a pissing match over which of them were responsible for the flooding. Aj let us know that toilet in the back of the house had overflowed. At home by 4:15 the rain had stopped and Pops and I successfully replaced the sump pump and began draining under the house. My body will be sore tomorow as my ususal daily excerise of rolling from one side of the couch to the other isn't a match for shoveling gravel and hauling sand bags. Nothing is damaged, but we couldn't continue to have water rising under the house. As we were wrapping up I was called inside by Aj because Ki was vommitting. Aj had vommitting and dry heaves all night 2 nights ago. I changed out of my third set of wet clothes and boots just a few moments ago. Good news is the plumbing is working now and the rain and has stopped. Ki just vommitted again. We'll be ordering out for dinner. Wanna come over?
Posted by Judy McCrary Koeppen MS SLP Sage Therapy at 4:31 PM