This past weekend we had a crazy rain storm. It was saturday afternoon - I was thinking about heading to my brother's apartment to go swimming with him and Carly, but the skies got dark and things didn't look too promising so I stayed home with Min and Tae.
my parents driveway is angled down and then there is a stairway DOWN to the basement door, not ideal for a flood...
me and tae were actually watching Thumbalina together.
We noticed it started to POUR sheets of water and hail and it was very windy.
we couldn't even see our neighbors house.
I got concerned and checked the garage, cause my parents are always worried about flooding.
water was already coming through the back door of the garage. So I went upstairs to warn my dad - he was sleeping. He got up and said he'd come take a look at it.
the storm wasn't letting up and it was still raining so hard
so 10 minutes later I checked the garage again and the water was about to come in the basement door!!
I yelled to my dad and we grabbed buckets and were trying to bail out the water, but we weren't having much success.
we made a dumb decision to open the garage door and it looked like a huge river coming towards us!! I was against the basement door, trying to keep a tight seal on the door because I was now in water up to my hips, it was so crazy!!
my dad called his neighbor and the neighbor boys - they SAVED our lives!
Min was in the house on the other side of the basement door pushing her back against the door while water came in and she had blankets and towels, but it wasn't doing much, the water was coming in around her.
she took this picture as she was sitting against the door and water was coming in:
I wish I could have taken a picture of all the water I was standing in. here is the waterline of where the water was and the stairway me and my dad were in:
these pictures don't do it justice, cause they are blurry phone pics, but their basement was flooded
we were scooping water up with cups and filling big gallon buckets,
we emptied about 13 of these, and there was still lots of water in the carpet.
we had a flood restoration place show up and help us. they brought tons of fans, cut up the carpet and pulled out the padding of the carpet.
my parents furniture got ruined. I feel so bad!!
it was really scary
this is me soaking wet, even though I don't look like it.
my dad ruined his phone, cause it was in his back pocket and the water was about that level. I feel so bad for all the damage that has been done.
They ripped up most of my parents baseboards, because the water had soaked in the walls.
my mom is so bummed, cause they just had all new crown molding put in the basement! :(
but this is a good excuse for them to get new carpet!
I'm just glad no one got hurt and that there were awesome neighbors so willing to help us out - we were in big trouble with just me and my dad.
so I am very grateful for all the help we got that day!
People are so kind!