Sunday, August 19, 2007
That is the word that most clearly explains what I felt the last few days.
For those of you who don't know, my house flooded Thursday. When I got home from work, after driving down highways that would be closed minutes after I fought through the raging waters on them, I was standing in a foot of water in my yard and it was ankle deep through out my house.
Attempting to beat it, I went to The Cake Lady's house and picked up her shop vac and left Amanda and Emilee with her. When I got back home, I realized that the hose that goes with the shop vac was not inside of it and when I called The Cake Lady back, she informed me that the dam near her house had broken and I wouldn't be able to get back to her house.
It was at that point when I realized that the water that was seeping into my house wasn't something I could fight. I packed up a few things and called Fairy to see if we could come over there. She said we could but that we'd have to hurry before they closed the road.
At eleven o'clock, as I was laying down to sleep with Trin, the sheriff's department starting banging on the door telling us that we needed to evacuate the area because the river was rising and it was likely that the area we were in was about to be flooded by it.
We packed everything up again and all of us went to the Vet Clinic where Fairy works and slept upstairs in the "kid room". We were up again at 7am packing everything up to go out and assess the damages. I was able to pick up the girls now that the water had receded and we came back to my house to start the process of cleaning up the mess.
And HOLY HELL, what a mess. I don't think I could have done it without my brother.
From eight to eight, we did nothing but pull up carpet and clean. Luckily my entire house is tiled in these cafeteria/hospital type tiles and the carpet was laid on them, so it was just a matter of getting the carpet into the dumpster and scrubbing the hell out of floors and walls with bleach.
It was exhausting.
But it wasn't the end of the world.
Let me tell you what was amazing about this whole experience: I have such an unbelievable "community"
When I was in school and doing social studies, I remember reading about communities and thinking that the entire idea of a whole town really being there for each other was ridiculous.
I don't feel that way anymore.
And while the whole town in which I live is hardly what I'm referring to, the people who make up my "community" were so great, I just can't even begin to tell you how great that was.
I got so many calls, so many offers of help, so many truly concerned and sincere people who I am lucky to have in my life. These are the people you don't see me blogging about because they are just friends that I know from whatever and that I don't hang out with all the time. But these people from behind the scenes were calling just as the people who I talk to on a daily basis were.
It was crazy and wonderful to know how many people care about my girls and I. We are so very lucky to have all of these great people in our lives.
Everything is really fine now, I go back to work on Monday to hopefully resume normalcy. Just cross your fingers that there isn't any more rain for awhile, I don't think we can take any more.

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