Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The flood and the aftermath....

Our walkway off our porch

On Labor Day we knew it was going to rain and we were, so we thought, prepared for the flooding. It hadn't rained in our area for over 30 days, and the ground was as hard as concrete. We knew if we indeed received the rain that they were calling for us to have there wouldn't be anyway the ground could soak it all up. Plus, you know we have a flooding issue at times with the creek in our backyard. So, on Sunday evening Arthur and Madison moved somethings around, just to be on the safe side.

Arthur moving the RV to higher ground

The rain started to come down, and it came down hard for hours....but it didn't take hours for the creek to come up and out! It also didn't take long to see that this wasn't the typical flood, where it comes up fast, doesn't get to high, and goes back down within less than an hour. Nope, this was going to be "a good one"! Quickly we realized that what preparations Arthur and Madison had made the day before weren't going to be enough, so out the door Arthur and Madison went to secure things.

Our backyard

This picture was taken mid afternoon. By the end of the day the wood pile you see in the picture was covered in water, and then carried down stream :(

Our Backyard

Arthur and Madison working on tying down our basketball goals.

While out there Arthur saved one of the boys cowboy hats that was floating away.

Anyone for a jump/bounce on the trampoline???

Our garden boxes were somewhere under there...this was the first time since having our boxes that the water has ever gotten in them. We were pretty sad about that, and we lost the herbs/veggies that were left.

The boys and I were watching out the window when we saw the ladder to the boys fort floating away. Thankfully Arthur came around the house about that time and grabbed the ladder before it was a goner!

I'm not sure our rabbits knew what to think of the flood. Along with the rain, the temperatures dropped very cool for us that day, and the wind was blowing. Our big white rabbit "Snow White" we have had for over a year, she is a strong rabbit and did well.

We have 2 other rabbits that are still bunnies, at the time we had only had them 2 weeks. "Carmel" the tan and white bunny did well, but our sweet little black and white bunny passed away a few days later...we believe it caught a cold.

Our chicken coop was surrounded by water! We were thankful that the "Ladies"
(William's name for "his" chickens) had high perches to stand on until the water receded.

Ruth Ella stood at the front door watching the flood waters rise.

Here is how a few of the children spent most of the day....

We were very blessed that the waters didn't get into our house, 3 of our neighbors were not so fortunate the water got into their homes between ankle and knee deep. For us the worst of the flooding was to our garage, some duct work, and our insulation. Our duct work and insulation are going to be replaced. In our garage we have a freezer and "extra" refrigerator, they both were damaged by the flood waters. We have already purchased a new refrigerator and we'll soon be getting a new freezer.

The clean up was a slower process than in the past because of the standing water, puddles, and mud that hung around for days. The flood also caused us to put a hold on school for 1 week. Our family made Saturday a flood work day and accomplished the last of the cleaning. Now all we have to do is get the insulation and duct work installed, and purchase a new freezer.

In the toughest times we can always cling to God's Word, it speaks comfort for whatever trial we are facing. For such a time as the flooding we could rest assured in God's promise to Noah in Genesis!
God never changes, nor does His Word, or His promises!

Genesis 9: 11-16
Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said: " This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."


Lynda said...

Great pics of how quickly our lives can change in just a few hours. I did not know you had chickens, too. How many eggs do you get each day? Your backyard is huge, isn't it?!! It gives you opportunities for so many things (garden, recreation). Praise God!
I got tickled at the pics of the kids with their normal activities. They are blessed to not have to know the seriousness of some situations.

Cinnamon said...

Eeeks!! So scary!! That water was right up there to your front door. Praise the Lord that it didn't come in. So glad you are all okay and dry once again.

Thank you for posting all the pictures.


Deb said...

Oh my! The pictures show how scary it really was! You had to replace a good amount, but I'm sure it could have been much worse. So very glad that you were all safe inside and now it's back to the routine. Love good ol' boring routine!!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

what a mess...but thankful your house did not get water in...

Amy said...

Oh my!!! I had no idea that you got that much rain. We got a lot of rain but missed a large portion.

I didn't know you had chickens either. Part of me says that would be fun but the other part thinks about all of the extra work with 9 kids under 12.

Glad you didn't have problems with water in your house. Hope you get back to a "normal" routine soon.

Laura said...

Wow! We're thankful that you are all safe and didn't have any more damage than you did.

Anonymous said...

That was quite a flood! I'm glad to hear it didn't get into your home. Some friends of ours live on a lake and got tired of the flooding so they had several truckloads of dirt poured over their backyard to raise their land. So far, they haven't had any more flooding issues. Don't know if that can be done where you live or not. Hopefully there won't ever be another storm like that!


Amanda said...

Sorry to hear about your bunny. :( The destruction of the garden would have saddened me too. I am glad that you all had fairly minimal damage. We are fortunate to live on top of a hill.