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My Flooding Experience

May 22nd, 2021 at 09:30 pm

I've tried to write this blog a few times this. Every time I thought to do it I felt exhausted thinking about it. I'm lucky that I didn't drown or flood, but it was still quite an experience to process.

I'll say I did know that we were expected to get heavy rains Monday night with chances of flooding. That's not unusual for this area. I've just never actually been caught in one.

I left work Monday night/Tuesday morning at half past midnight. It was raining, but not as heavily as it had been. About half way home I start seeing a lot of emergency vehicles. For part of my trip home briefly get on the highway that runs the length of town. I was quickly detoured off the highway as soon as I got in. As I got on the service road I realized that the medians were now lakes of water. There cars submerged with their lights still on. It was a scary sight to see.

I made it back on the highway where they allowed us & took the next to last turn to my home. The water was heavy on the road, but passable. Before I could turn on to my street I realized that it wasn't passable. Cars were already flooded out. Water was rushing into a store to my right. I turned into a parking lot to my left, which was the higher side of the road. I was so close l, literally just around the corner m, but couldn't make it. I got in the Next Door app & realized that all routes to my home were flooded.

I got out of my car thinking to walk it the short distance to my home. No go...water was too high & I didn't know what was in the water. After 1.5 hours I decided to backtrack after checking the roads. I was going to attempt to make it to my parents', but every route was blocked (I tried 5) & they shut down a portion of the interstate. 

I turned around & headed back to the open gas station that I passed. I had a bathroom, food, & water. I napped intermittently in the back seat of my car until light broke.

I went back & the roads were clear of water, though full of abandoned cars. I was able to get home, take a shower, get dressed, then head straight to work. It took me 1.5 hours to get to work. Usually a 15-20 minute trip. 

On my way to the clinic we had to turn around at an underpass that was full of cars. They found a young man in one of the SUV's that had attempted to make it through the water. So tragic.

After a week of rain we finally have sunshine today. I worked late again last night until 3 this morning. I slept in & now will attempt to do some cleaning. My rug at my French doors was full of water. I was able to hang it out today. I am mopping the floors as the smell lingers. I definitely will be purchasing that awning very soon. I'm hoping to take a few days off to take care of some things after our inspection this coming week.

11 Responses to “My Flooding Experience”

  1. Wink Says:

    What an awful experience, I am so glad you are OK. I can imagine how absolutely scary that must have been. Flooding is so damaging, I hope your home is OK too.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, my goodness! Glad you were able to get to dry ground and that you did not try to walk.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Wow. Glad to hear that both you and your home are safe.

  4. Lots of Ideas Says:

    Wow! How very frightening.
    It sounds like you were able to keep your wits about you and were very resourceful under an incredibly stressful situation.

    You should be very proud of yourself.

  5. terri77 Says:

    Yes, water got in, but it has been getting in for a while. My wood floor at my French doors has been damaged from water getting in when it rains. I didn’t realize it was happening until the damage was done. It’s why I want to get the awning at that door installed before I replace the wood. We got 13” of rain that night. My rug was pretty soaked. It runs the length of the French doors then about 4’ in, so it’s pretty large. I’ll have the rug cleaned the next time my carpets are cleaned.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Wow, that must have been quite scary. We get flooding quite a bit in our county, every 3 years or so, and we are taught from a young age about not trying to make it through the water and keeping your car on high ground if it starts coming. They had flood safety classes each year at school, just an assembly. And every year someone thinks they can get through it, especially in an SUV and they ruin their cars at the least or die at the worst. You did the right thing going to wait it out somewhere safe.

  7. Dido Says:

    I'm sorry you had to go through that experience but I'm glad it wasn't any worse than it was!

  8. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    That sounds like a terrifying and scary experience. Glad you are okay.

  9. CB in the City Says:

    What an experience! I'm so glad you kept your head and didn't take chances.

  10. ceejay74 Says:

    Oh wow. That does sound exhausting and scary. So glad you were smart and careful and made it through!

  11. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, what a horrendous night you spent. So glad you were smart and stayed safe!

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