We've had a very grey and soggy winter thus far in Seattle. Yesterday and today it poured, even by Seattle standards. In fact, according to KING5, Sea Tac recorded a new daily maximum of 2.20" of rain today. 35th Avenue NE, the main north/south thoroughfare by my residence, was closed this morning because water from the creek, a half mile north of me had overrun the road.
What this meant for me, was that my youngest son texted me at church to inform me that the basement had flooded. Up the hill next door to my house, are two Hong-Kong size houses that went up 3 or 4 years ago. This, plus the unusual deluge of rain this weekend, may be the genesis of the small geyser that was bubbling on the floor in the central part of my basement this morning. My youngest son went on the roof to clean out the gutters just in case, and I trenched around two sides of the house to try to relieve some of the water pressure. Fun stuff to do in your church dress and dress boots....Then friend Anne and friend Spot brought towels, an extra mop dry vac, and some fans and we went to work inside. Several hours and no rain later, the geyser has become a trickle and the towels (3 loads of them washed and dried thus far) seem to be soaking it up well.
It looks like I may need some serious basement drainage work done. Like Scarlet O'Hara, I will think about that tomorrow. Or maybe even later as I have chemo tomorrow.
Or, perhaps I could modify my oldest son's engineering school robot project to soak up the water instead: