Thursday, January 8, 2009

Who can you call at 3:00 in the morning?

Due to snow & rains, we had a major flooding situation last night. I didn't realize how bad it was until Shane got home from work, and said people were out sandbagging. He came in, got a bite to eat, and then was off to shovel sand, haul bags, and generally enjoy the soaking wet splendor a flood preparation. At about 1:00 in the morning, we realized it was getting worse, and that we could use some extra hands, and so we called in reinforcements. My Dad, Zach and Michael all came out to help us. I can't tell you how grateful we are to have people that are willing to come help in the middle of the night. They were out there until about 3:30-4:00, and they decided they did all they could do. No homes in our complex were damaged, but the house behind us got a little water damage. We found out the river crested at about 4:00 when they decided they were done. Here are a bunch of pictures, I wish they could do the situation justice. I can't put into words how much more water is on our creek than normal...even more than last year. Mother Nature is amazing! I just went out to look and there are many "items" stuck in the trees, including a large metal structure. It'll be interesting to see whats left out there when the water subsides. Here are some of the pictures.

These are Michael's hands after being soaking wet in his gloves. They aren't bruised, the leather dyed his hands that color. Hopefully it washed off when he got home!

Here is my Dad, Michael and Shane sandbagging...2:30ish am.

My hard-working sweetie! I'm so grateful for wonderful strong men in my life!


JenRocks said...

Holy cow! I am so glad that your place did not receive any water damage! That is a TON of water flowing by. I am also grateful that you have many good strong men in your life that are willing to serve! Wow, what an experience. Since I have returned to the east coast everyone keeps asking me about the huge amount of snow in Seattle and I kept telling them it was a lot but mostly just a hindrance to traveling because of the lack of snow plows and snow shovels at places of businesses etc. I was out of the loop about all this flooding. I hope it continues to go down so that the danger will pass. . . I love and miss you guys!
Love, Jen

heather said...

Wow! That is a sight to see, what hard workers you have in your family. Thanks for your comment on my blog ;)

The Davis Family said...

Wow! I wondered if you were having all the flooding. We heard about it on the news! Crazy stuff! Shoveling sand until 4 am has gotta be hard work!

Kevin said...


I wasn't doing anything else important when you called at 1 AM, so......

Besides, all my flood experience in the past has been with cleanup efforts. If it was going to flood, I wanted to be there to see it!