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Dateline: The Bay of Shayne

Dear Kay,
Thank you to those who have inquired about the flooding here in Nashvillle. It’s the nastiest weekend of weather we have ever had. The Cumberland River is 10 feet above flood level. The canoe and bass-boat evacuations are fishing people out of houses and attics all over Bellevue and Antioch. The Harpeth River seems to hate particularly anybody who’s living within a mile of it. I-40 and I-24 are both kind of shut down. The boys are going to be home tomorrow on a rain day. A RAIN DAY?
And Naomi Judd’s buffaloes have escaped from her farm in Leiper’s Fork.
As for us, we now have an indoor wading pool RIGHT HERE in our basement.
It’s not volcano ash cloud of doom, or Gulf oil spill the size of Puerto Rico (it actually is, according to CNN), or Nissan Pathfinder with a surprise in the back seat. But MAN does a flooded basement take the starch out of a girl. It hit really fast, within a matter of minutes–I went downstairs, thinking hmnph! those rolled-up towels are just the ticket to keeping our basement dry. When I returned, the rolled-up towels were under water, floating and unrolling.
We just turned the electricity back on after shutting it off this morning to keep us from having something bad happen involving electricity that we don’t really understand but are terrified of anyway. The determining factor in pulling the giant house switch back to ON was mostly that the four of us had become so jumpy without the Internet that we were getting ugly with each other.
I was given the phone number of a guy named Greg who says he can suck it all up and get us all dried out. I may have hallucinated that, but maybe it’ll happen.
May everyone have a sucked-up, dried-out night . . .
Love,
Ann

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Dude, stay out of the basement. In 1987 in Minneapolis we had the mother of all rainstorms — 14″ in 4 hours. A man was in his only-slightly-flooded basement, handing frozen food out of the freezer to his wife on the stairs so they could put it in coolers upstairs… and his basement wall collapsed from the external water pressure. He drowned.
    Take care.

  2. Way to keep a sense of humor in the middle of a mess, Ann. Women like you can handle anything life dishes out.

  3. So glad to hear you are pretty well. The stories from friends are harrowing. Hope there is a Greg for you out there. I have a shop vac if you need it. (our sump pump is still working…)

  4. Prayers for you, Ann, your family and your neighbors. A special prayer to preserve the strength of Greg–who I am sure exists–so that he can be of help to you and the others in your area who will need him.
    This has been a sucky weather year, everywhere/all around, since last July 7th. I regret that it’s now come to your home; but, take heart, Ann, things will get better.
    In the immortal words of EZ: “Knit on, with confidence, through every crisis!”
    Take good care.
    LoveDiane

  5. Glad to hear you’re safe! Luckily Knoxville isn’t getting hit quite as badly (right now.)
    My parents, who live in a “holler” in the boonies, won’t be driving anywhere for days. My dad told his boss he’d be in to work on Monday “Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.”
    It rose.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5gYhLKwSp4&feature=related

  6. Wow, that sounds like a mess. Wishing you a GIANT VACUUM and a handy guy to run it!!!

  7. There’s always a guy named Greg around somewhere to save the day! Just keep the wool up high, and the computer(s). Eeek!

  8. I sympathize with you! We had similar flooding issues in Southern New England last month. One of our neighbors had 8″ in her basement and they called the fire department. They were able to pump her out with one of the fire engines fairly quickly (and free). You might want to see if your fire department would do this for you too.

  9. thank you for writeing to us lots of concern
    for you all -wear something closed on your
    feet the water is not safe to walk in

  10. Hope you all stay safe, well, and sane.

  11. We’re glad to hear that you are soggy but surviving. We’ve been watching the Weather Channel and worrying about you. DS, who had the Monday blahs and didn’t want to go to school today, thought that a Rain Day was a great idea as long as we didn’t have to have a flood, too.
    Please tell me Merle’s studio is not in your basement.

  12. It’s feelin’ a mite apocalyptic today, ain’t it? Good luck with Greg, your water-sucker guy. I’ll be down at the beach in the pouring rain — volunteers are trying to get any trash off the beaches before the oil hits and it becomes hazardous waste and must be handled as such. My hubbo is training in oil removal from birds. I’m watching for the 4 riders (I think they may come in on wave runners…).

  13. Oh, dear! My fingers are tightly crossed for you.

  14. My prayers go out to you and all of Tennessee!!! My daughter lives in Bell Meade no water in her condo, but it is 5 feet away and she works at Whitfields and it was total destroyed. Hope your basement will clean up ok!!!!

  15. My prayers go out to you and all of Tennessee!!! My daughter lives in Bell Meade no water in her condo, but it is 5 feet away and she works at Whitfields and it was total destroyed. Hope your basement will clean up ok!!!!

  16. My prayers go out to you and all of Tennessee!!! My daughter lives in Bell Meade no water in her condo, but it is 5 feet away and she works at Whitfields and it was total destroyed. Hope your basement will clean up ok!!!!

  17. Glad to hear that you’re MOSTLY okay (except for the flooded basement). Because, while yes, that’s bad and inconvenient and messy and will definitely wilt a girl’s starch, it’s still miles better than having the house float away (knock wood).

  18. Since the great Oshkosh flood two years ago, I see flooding and I want to cry. We had a similar situation with flooding from a massive rainstorm. We were checking the basement drains all evening and up until the water surrounded our house (from the street) we were fine, but once it came up, we ended up having 15″ in our basement. Luckily, ours was not sewage like many others in the city. Fortunately, our water went down almost as fast as it came up, at 5am the next morning there was still 6″, but by 7am it was gone, all down the drains. I hoping you have the same experience. I also praying for sunny days so you can deal with the cleanup. That was our saving grace.
    Also, even if you don’t have flood insurance, call your homeowners ins. company, you may be pleasantly surprised to find out you have some coverage. We were lucky that way also!
    Oh ya, no stash was lost in our flood and in the cleanup process, we even unearthed some great old patterns (that were saved!).
    Good luck.

  19. I hope that things are going better for you now! March was the month of the sump pump here in Massachusetts, which was surprising because people weren’t able to get nearly the oomph they were looking for as they just pumped it the water into road blocking lakes that shut entire neighborhoods down.

  20. I live Memphis but have a condo in Bellevue–it’s under water and we can’t get there from here yet. I hear the access road has become a boat ramp and people were boated out yesterday. We actually saw our place on tv yesterday. How weird is that, to see an aerial view of your home under water and you can’t get there. Be safe and be careful Nashville. I may need Greg’s number soon!

  21. You have my sincerest sympathies, we had 5 feet in our basement in March. Watching water force itself through an invisible crack in the concrete floor is truly scary. I’ve been trying to look at the bright side, I’ve been asking my husband to pitch in on a massive clear out and now it is done. Having to replace the furnance that is as old as the house, 60 years, can only lower our heating bills and carbon footprint, right?

  22. I’m so sorry. I know what it means when it takes the starch outta ya. 3 days with no power in Feb did it to me. You’ll get thru with a better sense of humor than I had, I’m sure.

  23. So glad you and yours are okay, if slightly damp, Internet deprived, and cranky.~”Who wouldn’t be?” I ask! And I wouldn’t let the great ’87 basement collapse of Minn. worry you too much… after all you, my dear knitting, crafting sister, are in the great RED CLAY state of Tennessee! ( I spent most of my blissful childhood there and remember well the rich vermilion … as do the knees of my pants and soles of my socks from that time.) Clay has a much different character than the well humused and aerated soil of our northern neighbors. Consider it a little perk (perhaps the only one) for all those tender little plants that just can’t cut the heat or the clay that our north of the line buddies can coax from their loose, black-gold ground. Take care and know you are in our prayers.

  24. Glad to hear you all are relatively dry and not electrocuted! Stay safe and dry!

  25. So glad to hear you did okay – we’re surviving up here in Clarksville so far, although this is a difficult town to navigate when they’ve closed most of the main roads. I figure I can use the time to knit since we’re not having school for another day. Take care and be careful in that basement.

  26. Hey Ann
    Hang in there – de-pooling a basement is the WORST.
    minm