Odd day, today.
I work at home and had my head buried in the computer all day, trying to fix a problem on the server. I noticed that it was raining on and off all day - but mostly noticed it was damn muggy and sunny part of the day too.
Around 6 I finally got the server problem fixed. I stood up from my desk and looked out the window - all the neighbors were outside in the street with umbrellas. Huh.
My phone rang and it was my mom. She says the creek down the street has flooded over the road and was un-passable - she lives on the other side of the neighborhood from me. Our little neighborhood was now cut in half by a raging river! (and here’s me, not realizing it had been raining so hard)
The neighborhood comes off a main road and is sort of shaped like a 9. I live at the tip of the 9’s tail (next to the main road) and my folks live at what would be the “top” of the circle. The top of the 9 butts against a freeway on-ramp. The creek runs under the road, across the “tail” at the joint of the 9. You can’t drive in or out of the neighborhood w/o driving down the “tail.”
People were trying to get home from work, all lined up on my road, stopped about 100 yards from the creek bridge where the water was. This being a muggy Thursday at 6 PM, everyone was pretty worn out and peeved at what had happened. Not sure where they all went…
About 6 houses (3 on either side of the road) had yards that were under water. One house, next to the creek, had water inside. The firefighters talked about an evacuation plan but then decided against it. Two firefighters donned wetsuits and waded across the bridge (chest-deep) to talk to the folks lined up on the other side. They offered to take anyone who wanted to leave out by boat, to the rec center. No one went.
I talked to my mom on the phone and waved at her across the new neighborhood lake. It felt very strange to be separated like that from my folks. In the grand scheme of things, it means nothing. No one was in peril (except the poor folks who’s house got flooded) but I still felt weird that they were completely stuck over there.
One guy, who had his baby and wife stuck on my parents’ road, drove on to the freeway on-ramp and parked his car, and walked down the hill to my parents’ yard. His wife came over and asked my dad if he’d loan them his ladder so the guy could get over the fence. He oblidged.
I guess some of the folks on my parents’ end walked around to check on other neighbors. My dad went to the elderly guy’s house 2 doors down to see how he was. He wasn’t home but his door was open and the dog was there. My dad decided if no one could get through by tonight, he’d have to take the dog for a while.
Apparently someone named Georgie was having a party tonight. About three cars came down the street asking if they could get through to Georgie’s party. We told them no
On a positive note, I finally met all of my neighbors. I’ve lived at my parents’ end of the neighborhood for 27 years, and here on the “tail” for 8 months. No one from the tail end really has a reason to go out to the other end…so even though I’ve been these folks’ “neighbor” my whole life, no one down here knows me. I met a vivacious young girl who seems to know every person in the neighborhood. I met all the kids who drag race their trucks up and down my street. Everyone met my dog.
I’m not sure what’s going on now. The rain stopped around 7:30 and water started to recede from the lawns, but last I saw there were still orange cones up and the creek was still up over the road. I saw some city trucks with flashing lights down there. I supppose they’re bailing out the flooded house.
I’ve been down in my basement mopping up. Er…'cept I don’t have a mop. So I’m kinda using an old push broom. I put on the de-humidifier and it worked really well. Now my basement floor is dry in a 3-foot radius around the de-humidifier with a fine layer of silt on the floor.
Very odd. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain again tonight, and the creek goes back under the road…I’ll be interested to talk to my best friends tomorrow, who live at the other end of town, and this same creek comes up to their backyard.