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Hello from the gutter [Aug. 27th, 2011|08:45 pm]
kyle cassidy
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[music |the rain]

Roswell and I spent the day sitting on the back porch watching the rain -- it came relatively gently. We read books, Roswell ate a can, I watched an episode of the X-Files on my iPad, and Irene was approaching relatively gingerly, it was just a moderate rain. Imagine my suprise when Mayor Nutter declared a state of emergency in Philly. Really? He had a press conference and suggested that people be prepared to be without power for as long as two weeks.

Then Autumn came up from the Rock Star Hotel saying that there was water coming in at an alarming rate -- and there was -- it was coming through the walls, plaster was falling off in chunks, a huge puddle was spreading across the floor. We were taking on water like the only porta-potty at a folk festival and the storm still had 24 hours to go.

I went outside and saw that the storm drain was full, there was a puddle against the side of the house four inches deep -- pouring into the basement. I pulled the drain cover off and prodded down inside with a pole -- I could feel gravel. The water rushing down the sidewalk had carried enough debris into the drain to clog it.

The rain was coming down very heavily by this point and -- I'm happy to say -- we all worked together like the freaking A-Team. trillian_stars began tarping up the side of the house -- Autumn and I rigged some hosing to a shop vac (using duct tape) and over a period of about half an hour we sucked up about five pounds of stones, a broken light bulb and, incidentally along the way, 140 gallons of water. The drain started gurgling, Autumn ran inside and exploded back out saying "It worked!" -- the Rock Star Hotel stopped flooding, we were drenched and covered in mud but we'd used our little ape minds to solve a problem and that made us feel good.

So as soon as I finish this blog post, we're going to have a hurricane party and watch movies until the power goes and then listen to Victrola records and sip chablis knowing that whatever comes, we'll throw our best at it and hopefully, we'll come out the other end of the tunnel.

See you then. Be safe everyone.






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[User Picture]From: icprncs
2011-08-28 12:56 am (UTC)
We evacuated from the shore yesterday (we'd already decided on it voluntarily but the county made it mandatory), but have already been told there's 12-foot surf near our house, and currently a tornado warning. We can only hope that there will still be a house there when we get back; I've given up hoping we'll have one that's dry on the inside.

And the worst of this hasn't even come in yet. It's a hell of an adventure, to be sure.

Hooray to all of you for ingenuity and teamwork! I hope that's the worst that happens for you as we wait this this thing out. Have a lovely party.
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[User Picture]From: birdhousefrog
2011-08-28 01:02 am (UTC)
saturation and rain are the most likely damage to Philly from Irene. Apparently, you've had a very wet August and just haven't got the capacity for another 7 inches or so. Irene is drier than expected, so that's good news.

I was up babysitting Greg and Barbara's cat and warned them to fly back early or they might not get in until middle of next week. They squeaked in today just before the airport closed and SEPTA shut down and I drove for home via Harrisburg.

We're so far west of the track here on Walkabout Farm that we're just enjoying some light rain and some wind.

Oz
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[User Picture]From: olivetree
2011-08-28 01:08 am (UTC)
Bravo!

I hope the remainder of your hurricane goes well. I grew up in Florida, so I feel kinda jaded about hurricanes, but I must remember that they're very rare up here! So I'm reminding everyone to bring in their patio furniture & portable planters.

Enjoy your hurricane party with your magnificent victrola and stay dry!
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[User Picture]From: katbcoll
2011-08-28 01:14 am (UTC)
YAY for the R-Team (R is for Roswell, of course)! So glad to hear that the Rock Star Hotel did not flood.

I've got everything crossed and I'm thinking good thoughts for all of you.
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[User Picture]From: karohemd
2011-08-28 01:14 am (UTC)
I hope drying out the Rock Star Hotel won't turn out to be too expensive and there won't be any lasting damage. Best of luck.
I'll think of this next time I complain about rain.
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[User Picture]From: briansiano
2011-08-28 01:29 am (UTC)
I had a similar problem. That drain-- same kind-- would get clogged up with leaves and twigs, and when heavy rains came I'd have to haul myself out there and step into deep water to clear it.

Then I attached a chain, and hung the other end right by my kitchen window. So when the drain gets clogged, I reach out the window, pull the chain, and the drain lifts and lets the water pour through.

(I had the gravel problem too, but that was in the drainpipe from the roof.)
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[User Picture]From: blackwell
2011-08-28 01:31 am (UTC)
Call us if you need anything! We're just around the corner. :-)
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2011-08-28 02:05 am (UTC)
CORRECTION: you and trillian_stars are better than the friggin' A-Team.

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From: roguish_ink
2011-08-28 02:38 am (UTC)
Way to go, super rock star team of awesomeness!
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2011-08-28 02:49 am (UTC)
A-Team, or Team MacGyver?!?!!?
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2011-08-28 02:58 am (UTC)
Be safe; I hope your biggest problem over the weekend is the flooding. Something similar happened to me; since NOLA has no drainage to speak of, last year my ceiling fell in, because when the drainage from the parking lot overflows, apparently it somehow travels to the roof and, when the system up their is clogged, it ends up in my bathroom.
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[User Picture]From: tripleransom
2011-08-28 03:08 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you got the problem solved.
We're just west of the heavy-duty warning areas here in Northern Va. So far all we've gotten is fairly heavy rain and maybe 30 MPH gusts. I have some friends with a beach cottage in Chincoteague that's probably toast, though. It's pretty rough over on the Eastern Shore.
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[User Picture]From: countrycousin
2011-08-28 03:28 am (UTC)
We're further north, and expect to receive a battered and tired Irene. Congratulations on addressing immediate problems!!
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[User Picture]From: kuroshii
2011-08-28 03:34 am (UTC)
Eegads! Glad you were able to catch it "in time" to save the day! Hope there's little permanent damage to be addressed beyond stuff like drywall/plaster, and also hope that's the last of the Irene-related woe for you all.

Edited at 2011-08-28 03:49 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2011-08-28 04:19 am (UTC)
Sounds like you're coming out reasonably okay, due to being on the ball and solving the problem! Hope that's the worst of it.

And I hope there are some spectacular skies or something to photograph from it!


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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2011-08-28 04:56 am (UTC)
May you all ad the kitties be safe and dry (except on the inside).
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[User Picture]From: shu_shu_sleeps
2011-08-28 07:19 am (UTC)
Stay safe, multitudes of people in Australia are watching and hoping everyone makes it safely through.
And from the sounds of it, the A-team could have learnt a thing or two from watching you guys today.
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[User Picture]From: solstice_lilac
2011-08-28 05:00 pm (UTC)
Geez Kyle! Good work! I'm glad your house is not going to float away. Hoping all will be well out there for the duration! My love to you and Trillian!
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