Ida is a name mama loves – well, loveD.
You see, this last week has been insane. It started last Wednesday. So, a week ago. I could tell mama was unsettled. She was in and out more than normal. She was stressed. And then the rain came. And it got heavier, and heavier, and HEAVIER. Mama came in smelling of foul stuff on her legs, and then a little later, some SEVERE HBO words. And then more stink smell. And then more HBO words. Mama and Daddy had some discussions as to how to “get rid of” whatever it was making mama smell (Daddy apparently had it too just not as bad). Something about flooding, and yuckies in the water. And the water coming out of our sink wasn’t any better at the time (I am guessing that’s what some of the HBO words were about). Mama has some non-bleach antibacterial wipes, and her and Daddy used that to de-stink their legs. Mama said it was gonna be the closest they got to clean.
The “flood” didn’t go away until Thursday am, and then all day Thursday there was a LOT of noises outside and downstairs. Mama said it was the maintenance guy trying to get the bleh that was outside and had gotten on them out of the basement. And then Friday, around 2, in the middle of mama’s cleaning, BLEP. It got dark in here!!!! Mama said the guy in blue shorts that keeps our power on said it wasn’t safe to keep it on and turned it off! HOW RUDE! We were FINE! But no one listens to a 13lb cat…
Friday came and went, nothing.
Saturday came and went. The guy that could fix the light situation came out and fixed things. Still no light.
Sunday came and went. Nothing.
Monday came and went. Mama got hopeful. The man in blue shorts and the boss of the big guys in yellow suits (firefighter chief – poor Alex, has a lot to learn lol – TSB) came out, said NO.
Tuesday the maintenance guy and the big boss that had final say came out along with the fixer dude. Supposedly things got tinkered with because mama wasn’t home to tell me what was going on, but right before mama got home, LIGHTS CAME BACK ON!!!
It’s a miracle!!!!! Now I guess I’ll let mama fill in the details…
So yes, power came back on sometime around 4pm apparently on Tuesday, a solid 5 days plus without power. ANYONE that’s been without power that long knows what comes next… a LOT of trips to the dumpster later, it looked like we were broke, but the fridge didn’t stink and it got cleaned in the process!! I went out this morning to take care of that, but rest assured, Alex was in no way affected OTHER than the fact we discovered he does NOT like total darkness. Normal night time here, okay. Total dark, nope. But neither did we. 5 days without ac, water was off and on as was the water heater, cold food… Ice is expensive! And one cooler isn’t enough for 2 people, their leftovers and drinks! It was a stressful time, but we were VERY fortunate and blessed to be okay. Our vehicles were dry on the inside (the one car came close to flooding out a couple times, but it made it and I got it moved in time – FOR A SECOND TIME IN JUST A FEW HOURS) and we had no water in our residence itself. Our neighbor across the street lost a vehicle, a shed, and had some basement damage. People not even two blocks away lost everything. People were being rescued out of trees. One man died. I’d never seen the Red Cross here, through 15 years of floods. Floyd. Irene. All the nor’easters. NOTHING was this bad. The creek normally falls as fast as it rises, but this time it just SOARED up, and stayed up for hours and hours and hours. It rose in like a half hour or so, peaked, went down a wee, and then soared up again, staying high until early Thursday am. We received almost a foot of rain, which would flood anyone. The main branch of the creek (which most of you would think is a river, but it’s not) crested at a record 19’+ (normal level is <7′). Not too far southwest of here was where the first tornado started, but it really got going east of us. It’s really sad. Our local county commissioner is the former borough mayor, so he’s really involved, not just here, but in the entire county. He’s really marshalling resources to try to help everyone. When FEMA is going to come in, I don’t know. But this county – and the entire region – were just devastated. A fridge? Meh. While it hurts the wallet, it’s a small price compared to that paid by so many others here and in the region. I want to thank all of you who knew what was going on and why I went quiet as I tried to conserve phone battery to not deplete my backup packs too quickly for being so patient and understanding. It’s been one HELL of a week, but we’ll get through it. I have the best hubby in the world and through everything that went on this week, both flood related and not, we got through it. Now to get back to “normal” – whatever that is.