Day 358, Annual flood cleanup..

So it seems. As my brother the weatherman explained it, the ocean breeze pushing against the low-level jet stream caused the thunder storms that popped up today to sit stationary over our house.  This is not the first time we have been ground zero for a huge, short time, rain event. The lightning today was unbelievable. Multiple instances of flash and bang, no time in between them. We have only had water in the cellar when we have one of these 100 year storms. I think that maybe I’m like, 300 years old since this is at least the third time that thunderstorms sat over our area and just rained like crazy. I have not yet seen the rainfall amounts for Manahawkin, but I am willing to guess that the rainfall for the day will exceed 4 inches.  We had a break from the rain for about 3 hours, now it is ramping up again.

Mixed in with the rain and lighting, was about an hour of hail.  The hail really beat the heck out of my garden. Tomorrow I will have to go out and re-tie the tomatoes and cucumbers and hope that the plants rebound from the storm. If you click here and here, you will see video that I shot with my phone early in the storm. The noise in the background is the hail striking the roof of the canopy over the back deck. At one point, I was out on a ladder cleaning the downspouts so that the gutters would drain properly. Big fun, in the rain, on a metal ladder with a lightning storm going on.

The cleanup is going well, and will continue to go well if the rain were to stop.  All of the standing water is gone, the fans are running to dry the floor. The a/c in the house is cranked up to take the humidity out of the air and the de-humidifier in the cellar is going full blast. I know where the water was coming in today. Or I know of two places where the water came in.  When we went from well water to city water, they cut through the foundation and ran the water pipe in from the street and through the wall. The water pipe is about 5 feet below ground leve. This is where the water is coming in. I will need to find a way to seal this so next time we won’t have water enter the basement this way. It will just have to find another way in.

The power went out around 1:30pm and came back on around 5 pm. Just in time to discover the additional water leaking in and making a mess.  My next house will not have a basement.   For dinner my DW and I went out for beer and bar pies.  We were hungry and wanted to get out of the house.  I guess we were both hungry since we finished our bar pies. DS1 worked late. we brought him home a bar pie to eat. DS2 is still in upstate New York. He had his first taste of Scotch tonight. He does not like it. DS3 is working at the bark and biscuit as I write this. He worked the closing shift tonight.

Tonight’s picture is of my bar pie. What can I say?  Enjoy!



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