After the rain

Much of the Midwest experienced devastating flooding this week. That happens when more rain falls in one day than fell throughout the entire previous summer – especially when that rain falls on soil that’s already soggy.

I’m lucky to live on a hill so no floodwater is near the house. But the runoff needs somewhere to go. With a driveway that abuts part of the foundation (on the up side of the hill, of course), heavy rain on wet soil usually means I’ll wake up to find a little water in the basement. Towels, fans and a wet vac can dry it up in a day. This time I woke up to three inches of water in the basement. The floor drains weren’t working.

That’s not much compared to what some basements had, but enough for the gas to be shut off. I had the basement pumped out and the floor drains are draining again. As required, I had the boiler, water heater and dryer all inspected to be sure it’s safe to have the gas turned back on. When I called Friday to schedule, they said the earliest they can get here is Monday between 8 AM and 5 PM. In the meantime, when I’m not cleaning the basement (or trying to write articles or blog posts with very cold fingers) I’m huddled under this:

My favorite afghan still on the needles (wool-acrylic blend)

My favorite afghan while still on the needles.

Who knew that in late April it would be 52-degrees indoors and I’d still be curled up under the nice, thick and very warm afghan I made two years ago just because I thought it was fun?

I know some of you’ve been hit by flooding this week – much harder than I was. How are you faring? If you have any tips about cleaning up from a flood, please share them.


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on April 21, 2013, in 2013 Floods, afghan, flood, Knitting, older homes, utilitarian and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hope you get the heat back on tomorrow and can throw off the afghan. Of course, tomorrow it’s supposed to be really warm, so you probably could do without the afghan regardless. I’ve noticed lots of garbage bags and stuff in dumpsters around here.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      So glad your basement stayed relatively dry when some of your neighbors had major flooding issues to deal with.

  2. I’m sorry to hear you had a flood. Hope you don’t have to deal anything like this in the future.
    I really like your afghan and I’ve always wanted to learn that pattern. I’ve seen it a few times and I’ve always wondered how it’s done. Do you have the pattern? Do you mind sharing it? Thanks! 🙂

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Thanks, t.e.d.d.y. Compared to thousands of people, I’ve got it easy. Every few minutes I see the guy across the street hauling up rolls of carpet, still dripping. I’m just carrying up trashbags filled with mostly old junk I should have tossed years ago – like a big coffee urn that hadn’t been used in years since it leaked every time we tried. Plus, I hate coffee.

      The pattern for the afghan is a lot easier than you’d think. It’s from a Patons Yarns “Love Your Home” pattern book, but I just noticed the pattern is also now available for a free download:

      If you’re not already a member, you’ll have to register (it’s free, too) in order to download the pattern. Be sure to let us know if you make it!

      • Thank you so much!! I tried it with only 20 sts just to see how it will turn out and just to practice. You’re right, it’s easier than it seems. I appreciate your help 🙂

        I’m glad that you didn’t have more damage in your house. Sending you some sunshine and a warm dry breeze! 🙂

      • Paula Hendrickson

        Isn’t the pattern simple? It’s basically like a really wide rib stitch with one special stitch repeated in every so many rows. (If I remember correctly.)

        I’m tackling one task at a time with the clean up. It’s messy, dirty, no fun…but every time I get a spot cleared out, dried up or cleaned off, it feels great. I just wish the rubber gloves didn’t irritate my already itchy hands – mostly because I could work for longer stretches.

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