Monday, May 15, 2006

One More Thing

Even though the street leading to the highway is flooded 2 feet over the road and the swamps around here are 6 feet deeper then the usual foot deep, Lisa and I are nice and dry. We're sitting on ledge about 10 feet above the swamps. Rainwater is running off into the swamp nicely. Although the windows are leaking around the seals. Crappy McMansions!!! If only we had a way to store up all this water and feed it back to the lawn all summer...

My garden is dead.

8 Comments:

Blogger TommyOkktane said...

If you want, I'll sell you some from my water farm I have going on in our basement. Act now and lock in at our lowest price per gallon!

May 15, 2006, 1:29:00 PM  
Anonymous PaulMc said...

We're dry, too. We haven't planted our garden, yet. But I did put down grass seed just before the rain started and I think that's all over-watered by now.

Only trouble road in Burlington that we travel is Bedford Rd. by MITRE. The field is a pond now and spilling into the road at the Sun campus intersection. Not entirely closed, but two lanes are blocked off with sawhorses.

May 15, 2006, 1:31:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

I read your blog this morning Paul. I too grew up in a house with not just a wet basement, the foundation was fieldstones with a sand floor. We were 3 feet above the water table. The basement had a pump running all day long every day all year long. One year my dad and I caught sunfish in a lake nearby and put them in the basement. They thrived for about a year then we moved.

I will never buy a house with any hint of a wet basement. Yet I find the idea of living in Frank Loyd Wright's "Falling Waters" charming.

Tom, call me if you need the truck.

May 15, 2006, 1:58:00 PM  
Blogger TommyOkktane said...

Thanks Dean, but I think we're all set. We ran the pump all night last night and by three today all of the standing water was gone (about 4ft deep at its peak). The crappy thing is half of our basement is finished, so it's pretty much...finished. Kaput. My brother pretty much lost all his stuff, save for his TV and college fridge.

The worst part of all of this was we had to be evacuated yesterday (gas leak) right at the time the water started rushing in. By the time we were allowed back in we were running about 3 ft of water downstairs. Not fun times.

Although seeing five cars get stuck in the flood waters on our street and getting to see the Dive Rescue Team (!) bail them out more than made up for us lamenting about our soggy basement.

Dean, you should check out Dix Lake...err Park. It's a thing of amazement.

May 15, 2006, 6:07:00 PM  
Blogger coffeesnob3 said...

I was just thinking about 2 things:
1. At least it's not frigging SNOW!
2. Will this give us a mosquito problem?

May 15, 2006, 8:45:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

I heard if it was snow, due to the difference in density of snow and liquid water, that it would be 15 feet deep.

Yes mosquito's will be pretty bad this year. Especially in the middle of all the swamps that surround Nicole Ave. I wonder if I can get pure DEET and just make myself a flea collar out of it.

May 16, 2006, 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Bry said...

Rumor has it Route 1 just closed.

Was it an intentional joke when they named Canal Street?

May 16, 2006, 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

Rte closed late yesterday afternoon. Maybe it reopened and closed again. Canal Street was really bad before they put in the new drains. I never saw a storm like this but three days of light rain would fill O'keefe parking lot 4 feet deep. I have some hilarious pictures of one lone car visible just at the roofline in the middle of Lake O'keefe. Salem State was instrumental in getting the city to try to fix Canal St because they have to cancel classes if there's no parking. Still, there is only so much that a 3 foot diameter pipe can carry.

May 16, 2006, 1:26:00 PM  

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