Monday, August 29, 2011

Damage Report...!

Well, my basement is a wreck. Had no hot water this morning so went to check downstairs and found the whole place flooded. (I know, I know, you may ask why didn't I check down there sooner? Well, here's the answer: I didn't want to. Especially since there wasn't much anyone could do about it yesterday. My landlord's basement flooded as well.)

Anyway, it's obvious the water was swirling around, kind of like the ocean. Many things that were on shelves are on the floor. Glass vases (some broken), boxes, baskets, that sort of thing. Nothing valuable or irreplaceable, most of it stuff I didn't really need. But it will all have to be dealt with. What a mess! GAK!!

The funny thing is: I didn't hear any of this. Must have happened while I slept.


  1. You have an incredible knack for finding just the right picture. I hope this guy isn't in your basement. Good luck cleaning up.

  2. Hi, Yvette - I'm sorry you suffered damage, but I'm glad nothing irreplaceable was lost. I'm not sure where in New Jersey you are, but my brother in Virginia got a double whammy from both the earthquake and the hurricane, with some damage from each.

  3. Carol: Thanks! Me too. Ha! Basements can be spooky especially at night. :)

    I'm probably just going to throw everything out.

  4. Thanks, Mark. It's funny you should say that about your brother's double-whammy. I was just talking to my daughter and she thinks the broken stuff down in the basement was the result of the earthquake, NOT the flooding water.

    Anything's posible, I suppose. Though at the time I simply did not feel any shaking going on.

    What a month!

    An earthquake AND a hurricane. What are the odds?

  5. Glad to know you're OK. I don't envy the clean-up work you'll have to do! I'm with Carol--I hope you don't find any beasties in your "lagoon."

  6. Lauren: HA! Me too. I'm not going down there until I absolutely HAVE TO. And then only in the day time. :)

  7. Oops, then I guess I prematurely congratulated you on dodging a bullet!

  8. I'm glad things worked out and you stayed safe.

  9. I was in the same situation the day of the storm: do I look in the basement or not? I did look and there was no water. Whew! I'm sorry you weren't so lucky.

    The earthquake was strange. I definitely felt it but nothing fell off the walls or jiggled around on shelves. But pictures fell down at my niece's house only a few blocks from us.

  10. Lisa: It's still dodging as far as I'm concerned. :)

    Believe me, it could have been much MUCH worse. Some of the towns in the area are still without power and homes are flooded on the main floors. It's a mess.

    I've been reading the news online and wow, I can only imagine what this would have been like if it had been even a Category 1 or 2 storm.

  11. Ryan: Thanks, Ryan. Rock and I are safe and sound. Now if we only had hot water....!

  12. Joan: Thank your lucky stars!

    My basement is still draining and no hot water until things dry out a bit.

    Cold showers from now on. HA!

    Even if I had looked down there early on, what could I have done about it? Not much. :)

  13. So sorry to hear about the basement flooding, Yvette (though I too love the picture!). My house escaped any water damage...some smaller tree branches are down...but we're pretty much intact here. However, our water is out - the treatment plant flooded and it's likely to be several days or even two weeks before we can drink the water again. (I know, I know, there's always beer, but it's hard to brush your teeth with beer. Or so I've been told.)

  14. Oh Les, that's awful. Loss of water and/or electricity are the pits. I just lost hot water, but got it back today.

    My basement is STILL draining out onto the sidewalk. But eventually I'll have to deal with muck and guck.

    Hey, it could have been much much worse.

  15. Am glad to hear you and your sentry are okay, and hope that the muck and guck are not too much of a hassle.

    Me blithely thinking that we in the Big Apple were fine, and then I found out two friends' house in the Bronx was filled with smoke from faulty wires during the hurricane. Firefighters who were fighting a fire across the street and came over and helped them.

    This on top of several enormous trees falling or being stripped of huge branches.

    Very glad you two are okay.

  16. Thanks, Kathy. There are many who had it rougher than me, for sure.


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