Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rain, Rain, Rain, Wet, Wet, Wet, Humidity, Humidity, Humidity

Another storm came through on Friday morning and dropped about five inches of rain on us in two and half hours.  Water ran down the driveway like a river, around the house, and came full bore out the gutters.  It stared to pool at the door of our basement, rose about five inches above the door jam and came into the family room.  We had water down there that was up to our ankles. 

Outside the door we hooked up a portable pump, bought for this same reason a several years ago, and pumped steadily for about three hours where it ran out the hose just like it was on full blast from the faucet.  Later in the day we were able to pump every twenty minutes or so and then yesterday didn't have to pump at all. 

In the basement we vacuumed out with the wet/dry vac hundreds of gallons of water.  That doesn't include what ran back out the door when the water outside went down.  Now we are down to vacuuming with the carpet cleaner.  Good luck to anyone who wants to take me on in arm wrestling by the time this is over.  Hours and hours of vacuuming has to have built up some muscle, at least that is what mine are telling me every morning as I am trying to get out of bed. 

With the mounds of snow we had this last winter and the over 15 inches of rain we have gotten in the last two months the water table is higher than the basement.  There is still water standing in the driveway that has no where to soak in. 

Add to all this the humidity that is sitting at about 100 percent.  The temps are up in the 90's but the sun isn't shining because it is so cloudy out.  There is a fog that is hanging over the land.  The windows on the house are fogged up on the outside of the house.  When we walk outside our glasses fog up.  It's 12:30 and the grass is still wet, the trees are wet, the deck is wet, our wooden front door is dripping with condensation.  We can just list everything because it is all wet. 

Another batch of storms is being forecasted for the next two days, let's hope they are wrong as weathermen often are. 

I was thinking this morning about how powerful water really is.  Too much and we have flooding, too little and we are in trouble too.  Not sure which is worse.  It seeps in everywhere and there is no way to keep it out and the damage is leaves in it's wake can be devastating.   And yet I am thankful as this too shall pass.  Until then I will just keep vacuuming and singing "out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again".  We will climb up our spout again!

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