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Storm Damage

We did have a couple of tornadoes move through but no one really knows whether the damage we got was from high winds or tornadoes. We had part of our front yard tree come down. Missed the house but our poor mailbox is like a crushed tin can. And we had 8 inches of water in the basement. I bailed water until about 2 am when I built a dam of wet towels and an old shower curtain and went to bed.

Water was not just seeping through the basement wall. It was like a hole in a dam, it was actually shooting out in a long arc. This morning I discovered that the landlord’s fix of the sump pump draining just beyond the outside wall of the house was to attach a corrugated hose and tie it together with duct tape. Of course the tape got wet and the whole thing fell apart and the water that was being pumped out was draining right back through the ground into the basement. I should have hooked up a paddle wheel and generated electricity or ground corn or something. My fix (a coat hanger) joining the two pipes was not much better but should hold until I can get the proper PVC pipe parts and fix it.

Have I told you how much I don’t like our landlord?



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Aug. 24th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
So I'm taking it that your landlord is not a redneck, at least in the fixing up things department?
Aug. 24th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Welcome home. Hope you at least had a good trip.
Aug. 25th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear from you. Hope your are okay through all the storms and rain they've had up your way and didn't receive too much damage. We're still having storms moving though this area in waves.

I'm still having the chills over that black snake in your front door *goose bumps*
Aug. 26th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you're still coping
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