Irene proved herself to be a formidable opponent in this area that is not so used to hurricanes.
Our electricity went out at 3:30 am Sunday and just came back on last night at 9:30 pm. Even though the storm lost a lot of its punch before it hit here, we received a massive amount of rain. Without power, of course, our two sump pumps were useless, & we woke up Sunday morning to a foot of water in the basement. When the rain slowed by midday, we hooked the pumps, freezer & fridge up to the generator that we bought 4 years ago and have yet to use. The water pumped out pretty quickly. We didn't want to leave it overnight and unfortunately, the water came back in, though just a few inches. We lost anything that was in bottom drawers or cabinets including some of my craft stuff. My driveway looks like we are moving with the piles of garbage.
All of our surrounding neighbors--in fact, anyone with a basement in this area got flooded. Our phones are still out & cell phones work sporadically. I know there are many who had it worse than us and I am thankful that we are safe, our home is intact, & were able to save most of the food.
I think we are finally getting it...we just can't have a finished basement. We are both tired of ripping up/drying out rugs and doing the clean up.
We drive our daughter back to college on Sunday so the scramble is on to do laundry, pack and try to get as much wet stuff out of the basement as quickly as we can. Not sure if I will be blogging much this week. If you were in the path of this storm, I hope all is well in your area. I'm thinking of you and will catch up with you soon!
Taken on Monday after much of the water receded back into the lake: