Thursday, April 21, 2011

What a Mess!

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't updated or visited a lot lately. Dad had the flu over the weekend, and Mom was busy taking care of him, and then on Monday, Dad was still sickie, and it was raining, and Abby and I (but mostly Abby) were bouncing off the walls (and off Dad, but again, that was mostly Abby), so Mom decided to take us to daycare. That way, we could go crazy with a bunch of other doggies indoors (because it was raining hard all day) and Dad could get his much-needed rest. It was a great plan for all parties involved.

So, Mom dropped us off at daycare, picked some medicines for Dad and came home. She wrote, puttered around the house, and generally did stuff related to trying to get Dad comfortable. At 4pm, Mom got ready to leave the house to pick us up.

And stepped off the stairs into a pool of water.

Yeah, um, that is pretty much never good. Thinking it was a broken pipe in the garage like we had a few months ago, Mom checked the garage. Some water on the floor, but nothing pouring out of the ceiling. She grabbed our little shop vac and yelled for Dad (who still had the sickies) and started vacuuming water. Dad called Uncle Larry, and they discovered that pretty much the entire downstairs was flooded.

Oops. Mom called the Disaster Recovery people, who informed her that it would be at least 4 hours because of the widespread flooding in northern Utah. Bummer. So Mom came and picked us up while Dad and Uncle Larry began cleaning up the water, everyone still unclear as to where it was coming from.

We got home, and Mom did her best to keep us out of the way while Dad and Uncle Larry worked away. Finally, at about 8pm, the Disaster Recovery people showed up, and began sucking up water (it was still coming in the house from under the toilet and shower in the downstairs bathroom). After much discussion, it was concluded that the flood was a result of a very heavy snowpack this winter combined with warm weather in the past week, coupled with the very heavy rain on Monday. In short, the ground got saturated, and the rain on Monday not only fell, but melted a lot of snow, making for a HUGE amount of runoff. Since our ground was already saturated, it started coming in the house!

On Sunday, before the big rains, our backyard was already saturated; we had a small mudslide in our backyard.

I know it doesn't look like much (and it's not), but it is indicative of how wet the ground already was. Before it started raining.

After the rain? We had standing water in our backyard. (This, incidentally, is almost Right Above the bathroom where the water was coming in the house. Coincidence? I think not.)

And Mom was just worried about our muddy feet!

Anyhoo, the water was mostly contained by about 9pm (although it was still coming in). The Disaster Recovery people then made a whole bunch of noise setting up fans and a dehumidifier. The good news was that the water stopped seeping in about 11pm (although Mom stayed awake all night to make sure we didn't get more flooding - with all the equipment down there, it would have been disastrous; but it didn't - we've been dry since then *knock on wood*).

They also put up this big barrier to the downstairs - to keep heat down there, so things would dry out. Mom and Dad found out the next day that the downstairs had to be REALLY warm, so they cranked the heat up to 85, shut all the vents upstairs, and did everything they could to get it warm downstairs so things could dry out. To help keep the heat down there, Mom and Dad have taken to accessing the downstairs by going down the outside stairs and entering the house through the garage. Good times.

So, we've got fans running 24/7, and the heat cranked up, so it's noisy and hot all the time. Mom and Dad have had to run the air conditioning in the bedroom to make it liveable.

Seriously, good times.

Or something. I like to bark at the fans, but apparently that is a bit aggravating to Mom and Dad. Hey. Those fans might be planning a revolt. Seriously. I've seen
those Terminator movies. We are probably thisclose to the machines taking over the world. Starting with our house. Mom and Dad must be protected.


Anyhoo, since the Day of the Flood, the weather has been cool, and today it actually snowed. (Pictures below.) The cool weather is keeping the snow from melting too fast, and the new snow was only an inch or so. And unlike rain, the new snow didn't melt more snow, so it's not quite as bad as it sounds. And Abby I got to play in the snow today.

Apparently there has been a doggie (or possibly two) in the snow....


We took advantage of today's snow and got in a little bitey-face.


Anyhoo, Mom and Dad are very stressey-ed about the whole flood thing (the fans are STILL here, and the Disaster Man won't be back until tomorrow to tell them if things have dried out enough to take the fans away), and depending on what happens with the weather, they may have to worry about more flooding. Which, of course, means they are worrying a lot, because the weather is supposed to be stormy the next few days. So, that's why Mom hasn't been able to help me post my bloggie or help me go visit friends. Hopefully I'll be able to do some visiting this weekend.

The upside to all of this? After all the mess from the flood, Mom isn't so worried about a few muddy paw prints! :-)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus


Frankie Furter said...

So what you are saying is... other than dawgie Daycare... and the new snow... it has been kinda wild and wooly at your house.
Sorry that the rain came in an the mud came down. I hope thingys get better... quickly fur you.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...


Woo have all the fun in WOOtah!


The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Wow- a lot of excitement at your house. We'd be barking at those fans too - and at the men, the water, the snow and if all else fails at Mom and Dad.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Sarge said...

Wow, you've had lot going on in your pack! Hope you dad is over the sickies...that's the worst. Are you sure you weren't just getting an indoor pool? I think that'd be fun, but I'm sure the peeps aren't amused. Sure hope things settle down for you soon. Hang in there!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Bocci said...

Whew! We'll keep our paws crossed for everything to dry out at your place. Hope you all can relax soon and that your Dad is feeling better!

Benny and Lily said...

Oh no..hope those fans are working to dry everything. Bet you were busy taking care ofyour Paw. Have fun playing
Benny & Lily

Maggie and Mitch said...

Wow! You girls have been busy! Have fun in your snow while it lasts, girls!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

3 doxies said...

My mum would haves been sayin' SO SO SO SO S) many unrepeatable words! Dat is just crazy but thank goodness ya'll was ables to get some help out theres.
I hope your dad is feeling betters.


Aleksandra said...

you are so good for protecting your mom and dad from those evil fans!!

Schnauzer Days said...

What brilliant snow photo's - looks fantastic fun! Yes, beware those fan things - anything making that much noise has to be dangerous, just a word of warning :-) Dex & Lou x

Kari in WeHo said...

oh no! We feared that might happen when we saw all the snow you were getting. Fast melts are no good


Amber-Mae said...

Oh dear, what a rocky week you all had!

Anonymous said...

Ugh! Being a native Floridian, basements are kinda beyond me. LOL No one had them!

I hope all that new snow doesn't melt too fast and cause more trouble!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Fiona & Abby - I'm behind with visiting blogs too and so I didn't know about your nightmare time until I saw your comment! So sorry I didn't come over earlier! Gosh, it sounds like your humans have had such a stressy time and our poor Dad getting the flu sickie too! My humans once had flu back in England and they said it was the WORST, WROST thing in the world - Hsin-Yi said she felt so awful, she wanted to ask a doctor to put her down! :-) So we really sympathise. HOpe your Mom doesn't get it too!

Anyway, am glad things seem to be more under control now and I hope your poor Mom gets to have a well-earned break from everything!!

Muddy pawprints? We get those in our house all the time and Hsin-Yi is a real slob about them...and she doesn't even have the excuse of a flooded basement!!! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

The Thundering Herd said...

Everything is perspective, so not the mom knows that muddy paw prints are nothing.

Anonymous said...

Wow, tha's a whole lot of water and trouble for your Mom and Dad. I'm sorry your Dad's sickies. And it's hot and noisy! We have great sympathies. We live in CA and mudslides and floods are happen here too. At least you got to play Bitey face and go play in the snow. And you might be right about those fans... keep barking, but only when it's okay with Mom and Dad. They probably know something you don't about the fans. I bark at my hubrothers remote control car.. that thing is evil. Anyway, I hope things settle down at your house.

Stay warm and DRY!

Your Pal,

Opie's mom wishes your mom and dad the very best!

Wild Dingo said...

Holy WATER! just in time for the "holiday" huh?

geesh. sorry 'bout the mess. i can't believe it!