Sunday morning, (July 15th) Josh was finishing his weekend trip to Vancouver for some church meetings. The forecast all week had been for a day of rain to hit on the weekend, and hit it did, but with the mugginess of Chicago or Ottawa, thanks to the summer temperatures. So, I dressed the girls in their coolest Sunday dresses, and enjoyed the beauty of the rain.
I had put the girls down for their afternoon naps, and planned to rest myself, but thought I should get a couple things out of the freezer in the basement first, and check for any wetness down there since we had Jesse and Heidi Jost and their three children planning to stay with us that night. I walked down the stairs, and was surprised by the splashing at my feet on the carpet at the base of the stairs. I soon discovered that the water carried on and covered most of the basement. The storage space under the stairs that I use as my cold storage room had water pooled on the floor, the and the carpets in the rumpus room and laundry room were soaked through as well. A nice little puddle of water awaited me in the bathroom too. I quickly went to check the guest room, suspecting to find the same thing there, as we've had trouble with damp floors in there on occasion before, but to my shock and delight, that room felt dry. Later, I did discover the closet floor was wet too, but the main part of the room was okay. Praise the Lord. I honestly felt like an angel must have stopped the water from going in there, knowing we had guests coming that night, and while I could shuffle the two older children upstairs, I did't have space for the parents and baby upstairs too.
I paused briefly to think and pray, as Josh was still in Vancouver, we don't own a shop vac, (we since have been blessed with a great one Josh's folks had stored at the acreage) and here I was 5 1/2 months pregnant with company expected in 4 hrs and a flooded mess in our basement. I called Josh to let him know, and got on my phone to text some friends and ask who could possibly help. After a few messages were sent, I grabbed my stuff from the freezer, and headed upstairs to get some shoes on my feet.
I noticed my sandals had grass on them, and thought of banging them off outside before going back to the mess in the basement. I pushed the thought aside, knowing the floors weren't clean down there anymore anyways. But, the thought came again, and so I succumbed, or rather, obeyed, and went out to the front step to bang the grass clippings out of my sandals before going back to the basement to clean up what I could while I waited to hear back on help. Turns out "help" was just outside my front door in the form of our neighbour, Steve, who was up on his roof cleaning out the gutters on his house. I greeted him and asked if he had a shop vac. He said he could get one real quick, and asked if I needed help. He returned within the hour, having retrieved his shop vac from his mom's house across town.
It soon became apparent that sucking the water up was not going to do much, and so we lit into those old carpets, and pulled them right off the floor and he carried them out onto the deck. Another couple friends arrived to help a while later, and by the time the Jesse Jost's arrived that evening, all the wet carpet was out, the baseboards removed, stuff piled in the one dry room in the basement (Josh's old office was totally dry), and a big 4 ft fan was running in the rumpus room to dry things out.
The water had come up from the floor, that was obvious, as all the upper parts of the walls and ceilings were dry. The city called it a septic overflow, as the water table here is quite high this year, and the 5 inches of rain involved in this current week of rain, topped it off and caused it to invade some houses. Our home, being slightly older, and having no sump pump, resulted in flooded basement floors. One friend said a 1/3 of the houses in Spruce Grove were affected by it. :o)
So, back to a rainy Sunday afternoon.... ;o)
The girls woke up from a good long nap just as the guys who came to help were leaving. So, we got some snacks ready, made a couple phone calls, made up a bed for John-Michael and Sophia in the sewing room, and waited for our company to arrive. :o)
We had fun with it. And the John Michael and Sophia seemed quite happy that they were going to sleep in the room next to our girls upstairs. :o)
Hence, that meant taking out everything that was in the closet and putting it into the dresser, and then putting the dresser into the closet. I love projects like that! We keep the girls special puzzles, special toys, and colouring/crafting stuff in there for parent-approved access, and they were delighted to play with a couple favourite puzzles while I worked. Hope wanted a pattern to do with her pegs, so I set one row up in the colours of the rainbow and she filled in the rest of the board.
Hopey, trying on Daddy's socks while helping Mommy fold laundry one night.
Stay tuned. :o)