13 November 2009

Nov 2009 Flood

We're fine. We've gotten past the worst of it. We had power & water the whole time, but we're flooded in. The house is dry and has been that way the whole time. The garage is a different story.

As the flood started, generally what happens when it rains here. Nothing big but we were already prepping.

The first high tide - 11/12 Nov

That gray shape in the upper-left corner is the garden shed. It sits outside the garage, by the side of the driveway. It will make another appearance soon.

The back yard

The garage
That big gray thing is the garden shed. It was trying to float away with everything in it (minus the mower & weedeater we'd already taken out to keep dry). We floated it into the garage instead. That was interesting to say the least.

The BIG high tide - 12Nov
Inside the garage again. Contrast with above to see the water difference in level & filthiness. Yeck!

The steps down from the house into the garage. Poquoson was severely damaged by Isabel when she tore through a few years ago so every building in town was raised off the foundation. We're a good 4 feet from the water to the actual hose so we were quite dry.

The cinder block line is the height of the water when Isabel came through, & the height the house was raised because of it. We were 1 full block short of that line, a good 9" or so.

The garage door half under water. Just means 1/2 is above water! It could be worse!
That black to white line is actually where the house proper is. Everything black is the cinder blocks. Everything white is the actual floor level for the house. Well above the water line.

The front steps - 4 of them lost to the water

Off the front porch into what was the yard but is now a small pond

13 Nov
Outside in the backyard

I did notice the squirrels (and maybe some birds) have found that there is still food in their feeder. At least that means some of them made it through as over the fence is a garden of creatures. Glad to know some of them will be back again when it dries out a little.

Down the back steps - at least now you can see the ground!

Out the front side of the house
Where the garden shed belongs, but not where it is!

We now know where in the garage we can start installing more (& bigger) shelves & hooks to put things on. The high water mark if you will. All the stuff that moved is in the sun room/dining room. We'll get a high pressure washer & scrub down the walls & floor & outside of the house before moving anything back in. I see this as a blessing of sorts. We stayed dry & we now know we planned well & can build on that planning for the future.


  1. Looks like someone needed a boat to get to work.
    I guess it's a common thing, so how does the local command deal with their people flooded in?

  2. Langley shut down for 2 days. Gotta love the AF - They shut the ports of Norfolk & VB too so I guess the Navy thought it was pretty bad too. Something about we had a "perfect storm" due to 3 fronts at the same time & this being like the flood of the last decade (or more) depending on who you ask that's native around here. His command is sort of understanding as more than 1 member lives here & was flooded in (some still without power).


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