Tropical Storm Imelda decided to come visit us last Wednesday. Slow moving tropical storms and hurricanes tend to be the bane of my existence and Imelda was not different.
Wednesday, the day she came ashore was fairly uneventful on the side of town I live on but Thursday? Oh brother!
Most businesses and schools remained open that day which turned out to be a huge mistake. Fortunately, I cancelled my appointment downtown and decided to stick close to home around 7:00 AM. By 9:00 AM the roads out of my neighborhood were impassible for all but specialized vehicles. The drainage systems were overloaded as we received over 20 inches of rain in just a few hours. By comparison, Hurricane Harvey dumped about twice as much rain but over the course of several days.
We were on edge all morning but the rains finally let up around 12:30 or 1:00 and we seemed to be in the clear. Unfortunately, as the rains moved north and kept dumping water the drainage systems were completely overloaded and the waters began to rise. We moved everything we could up to the second floor and spent the next half of the day measuring the speed the waters were and calculating that against the expected times the rivers and creeks were to crest. About 1:30 AM on Friday morning we finally saw the water start to recede and we were able to grab a few hours sleep.
Not everyone in our neighborhood was so lucky. In fact a few dozen homes flooded. It was not as bad as Harvey but…
We spent the rest of the weekend helping those we could and putting our own house back together (no it is not easier taking furniture and everything back down the stairs).
I plan to stock a few more tools for next time something like this happens. I think a cordless circular saw would help make short work of taking out sheet rock/drywall (seems like it would be much easier/faster than utility knives and small hand saws although it may generate more dust). They are not that expensive and I could find a few uses for it at other times as well so I will probably pick one up. I found that there are never enough pry bars or hammers (especially heavier hand sledges) to go around when doing tear out on a house. Longer, flatter pry bars are better for pulling up flooring so I will add a few extras of this type as well. I would like to add one of the power tools for taking up tile and wood floors (like a small jack hammer) but those are probably too pricey for now.
It was another near miss, but by God’s grace it was a miss (for our family anyway). The folks over east of us in Beaumont and Winnie were hit even harder than we were so there may be more opportunity to help those folks out next weekend.
In the meantime keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.
Take care and God Bless.