Yesterday afternoon I left work at my usual time, right around 4:30PM. It normally takes me about a half hour to get home. It had been raining steadily all day around here so there were some tie-ups and a little bit of water on the road.
Just as I got near home the skies really let loose. And for about an hour and half it was a monsoon.
Luckily, J. and my mom, who watched the Guys, made it home safely.
Because then it got really crazy.
Every freeway in the Metro Detroit area closed at some point. The freeway I had been on not thirty minutes earlier flooded so badly people were sitting on top of their cars waiting to be rescued. Most of the roads are still closed today. There is so much water on one section of the freeway it looks like a river and not a freeway.They are actually bringing in a dive team to check that section of freeway.
Here's a picture of an intersection last night in Warren, where they were hit the worst:
Thankfully I did not take this picture!
As the rain increased and we noticed the street in front of our house get flooded J checked our basement. Unfortunately, it was flooded, too. Fifteen minutes before he looked I had gone down there and checked everything and there wasn't a drop of water in the basement. That's how fast it came in!
We ended up with about eight inches of water down there, maybe twelve at the deepest parts, that eventually receded. It left behind damaged carpet, drywall...I don't even know about the appliances or furnace and hot water heater. J and I both had to work today so my mom is home with the Guys. My brother is over there and will check things out later on this morning.
I know everything down there is just STUFF. Our house is fine, our vehicles are fine, but man does it suck. And I know this will come as no surprise to you when I tell you our homeowners insurance does not cover sewer back-ups. That's a separate rider. If a meteor hits our house, though, we are golden.
I am thankful my family is safe. I am thankful I am not sitting on my roof right now waiting to be rescued. Believe me, if I don't come across that way, I am feeling that way deep in my core. But I am also sad and stressed. But, mostly thankful.