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October 14th, 2005

flooding. @ 12:55 am

Mood: anxious anxious
Music: wind and rain and dripping in the kitchen.

one of the maintenance guys, Paul, rang the doorbell about an 45 minutes ago to tell us that the water was rising in the parking lot behind the apartment.

I went upstairs and it looked like a mini lake had taken over the back parking lot.

we tried to alert the folks in 9A, but they didn't answer the door.

I went back upstairs and got shorts and a shirt and a jacket on and took a flashlight and the cellphone. Dave remotely unlocked and disarmed his truck and I moves it up onto the lawn beside the laundry room. The deepest water was up to just below my knees.

I banged on the bedroom window of John and Samantha's apartment and waited until someone came to the window. I shined the flashlight on my face and told the person to come to the back door. it was Samantha and she was closely followed by her fiancee John. I apologized for waking them but that the water was rising and that I thought that John's car was already in trouble and Samantha's SUV would be in trouble soon.

He got over to his car and found it was full of water, it was up high enough that the seat cushion was visibly wet. He got the car started and moved it onto higher ground. I made my way over to my truck, got in it and moved it behind Dave's truck next to the laundry room.

I started banging on the window of the folks in 11A, Rochelle and her mom, because her car was still in the flood plane also. It took quite alot to wake here up but she came to the back door and began comprehending the situation. She started getting ready to venture out into the water. I suggested that she to get on shorts as opposed to her long pants, because the water was up to my knees, in the parking lot, and I'm quite a bit taller then she is. I also told her to put on flip-flops, because you don't want to be walking around in the water with nothing on your feet.

John then moved Samantha's SUV behind his. Then he started to bail.

Rochelle's mom got to her car and got it started and moved to higher ground.

John was still bailing when I finished chatting with Cy, from 5A and headed inside to take a shower and get dried off.

Pictures from the last big flood, about a year ago, it's worse this time...
Hopefully it will not get too much worse before it gets better.
 
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From:garebear
Date:October 14th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
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I've been watching the news regarding the rain there... it doesn't quite register until someone gives their personal account. Wow. Stay safe and hopefully dry.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:October 14th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! We'll be trying our best.

I'm working from home to keep an eye out on the leak situation and Dave is moving his office (again) and had to go in today. He made his way out of the complex, on an overland route, between two of the buildings. From where he was parked, through the parking area-lake and up onto the grass on the other side, then out to an intersecting road and off to his office.

<a href="http://www.geek-bear.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=25&pos=22>Here is a picture from the flood of 2004.</a> Today there are very few cars in the parking lot and he made his way up to where the blue-green Mercury is in the picture and between the buildings and out to the street.
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From:beartalon
Date:October 14th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Nasty, nasty, nasty. Hope there's not too much damage to your stuff from all this.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:October 14th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! [hug]

Just a few things and a couple of boxes got wet, but the rain is still coming down and the water is still coming in. Wish us luck!
From:detailbear
Date:October 14th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
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If it wasn't a friend it would be funny. Something like:

2 Bedroom apartment with unique water feature....
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:October 15th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
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1 bedroom apartment, but that's OK. [grin]

The Unique Water Feature action has started releasing the plaster from the ceiling. [frown]

definitely not amusing.

Earlier today I was thinking about some folks that had similar, but much larger problems, like this, recently. I wonder if the folks in the Gulf Coast can see their roads yet.

The perspective kinda makes this all seem small...
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From:rwcubdad
Date:October 14th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Will miss seing you guys this weekend, but you are where you should be. Hope there isn't too much damage and that the skies clear soon for you both! If not, e-mail me and the cub and I will start building an ark. "Roger gathered the bears, cubs, otters and wolves 2 by 2...well sometimes 3 by 2, sometimes 1 by 4...." *cue Love Boat theme song*
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:October 15th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
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I was looking forward to seeing you guys! [and hopefully getting myself poked a couple of times] (oops swapped inside and outside voices again) [weg]

The rain has all but stopped and the flood water has receded enough that we can see the parking lot in places. I've got the pictures posted that I took this morning, no titles, tho.

Ever since I could reach over the top of the console stereo I had a favorite record, it was a recording of the Baby Elephant Walk.

I would favor it as background music to your endeavor.

[hug]

We'll have to plan another trip some time soon!

Stay Well!

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