Monday, July 03, 2006

After the flood

This is part of why I've been so scarce lately. My family's cabin (the brown one) sits near the Nescopeck creek in Pennsylvania. The water came up to some windows, and above others.

The water sucked the patio enclosure right out of its foundation, as you can see from the bottom of the support pole and broken bricks.

The water also decapitated the fireplace.

I'm not sure how many floods my grandmother's sewing machine has been through, five or six maybe? This is the flood that finally killed it.

Chairs from the dining table. Yucko. The smell is what is really disgusting.

The gas grill is also dead. Like the toaster oven, the microwave, and the coffee maker.

Another photo of the patio pole, because I just can't believe it actually came out of the foundation. In 50 years, this is the worst flood. Well, except for the one that happened in wintertime. When the water froze inside and every time we tried to clean the wash water also froze. And fell on us.

No more carpets. Ever again. My mother promised that she wouldn't even try. The floors will be bare wood from now on. Nothing is more fun than carrying out flood-soaked carpets that leak stuff all over you. Who knows what kind of microbes are in there? Amoeba, protozoa, paramecium, etc.

The water even moved the enclosed portion of the patio three feet or so to the right. And it's not actually touching the ground on the entire right side. It's just floating. In the air.

This is what happens when you mix wash water with flood water. Yummy. Looks like a good, thick, chocolate milkshake. Well, except for the smell. Which I already mentioned.


ufukhati said...


We have to experience the same thing during floods. We live near the river too. We have to "enjoy" floods almost every year especially
in December, here in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Malaysia.

After all for those living near the river : Life is much coloful with all sorts of thing. If not, just move out to the higher ground. This is the only choice.

Rus Bowden said...

Hi Christine,

Those pictures are unreal to look at. In that sense, they are excellent.

But you guys are up to your necks right now. I am sorry to see that this happened.


Poetry by Kai said...

well i'm glad ur safe & alive...

happy 4th....

Paula said...

Christine, very realistic and scary. Sorry you were through this.

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words and wishes. Hopefully I'll be back to blogging soon!

Aurora said...

Yikes! My sympathies. :( I hope you get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Thanks Aurora. The mud is sort-of cleaned out, but repairs will probably take a while. That's life in a flood-zone. I'm just happy that my house isn't anywhere near water!

Janet said...

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's flooding and water damage. Sorry for the damage to your family cabin. :(

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Janet, thanks. Floods are a pain in the *&%$. :-)