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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.)
Call us if you need anything! We're just around the corner. :-)
you and trillian_stars
than the friggin' A-Team.
Way to go, super rock star team of awesomeness!
A-Team, or Team MacGyver?!?!!?
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.
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.
We're further north, and expect to receive a battered and tired Irene. Congratulations on addressing immediate problems!!
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.
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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!
May you all ad the kitties be safe and dry (except on the inside).
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.
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!