Sunday, July 16, 2017

You've got to be kidding!!!

Well if this hasn't been the most fun week I'd be lying - Ops,  I'm lying!!!!!

Our sweet little town of 10,000+ was hit with historical rains on
Tuesday afternoon and into the night.
We had 12+ inches in less than 6 hours and the town flooded.
It came on so fast the town really was caught by surprise but I must say
they jumped into recovery mode fast.
Back in 2008 the dam crested at 12 ft. This time it was at 15 ft.!!

All of Wednesday we were able to use the shop vac and get water out of the basement -
well, not out, just tried to keep up with it until around 4:00 when they did a shutdown of the sub was under water and they did it for safety reasons.
Our 4 bridges that run right in the middle of town were all closed -
the rushing water was incredible.

By early Thursday our town was full of Army National Guard standing at all intersections keeping people and cars from crossing plus there were search and rescue from 4 different cities plus WE-Energies from several cities to build 2 portable sub stations.
Power was restored around 7:30 Friday evening.

We were finally able to get back down to the basement to soak up the rest of the water and Sat. and today (Sun.) was bringing everything up to the garage so we can scrub down
the basement with bleach and then put up new paneling and paint...
it will be ongoing for a couple weeks I think.

But this they pulled together was/is incredible!!!

Here's the dam on Wed. - by Thurs. there was no definition of water flowing over it.

A few people had cars under water

This is our bank from the back side

Here's the reason the bridges were closed - the water was rushing against them - and it's near the top in this picture...they feared they were breached but as of yesterday 3 were opened up and just one is closed yet for further inspection

Oh...I just now saw this fish was jumping! Didn't see it before

This is our new Veteran's Terrace building they had a whole lot of damage...the whole bottom level was totally flooded

The out door wedding/reception area at the Veteran's Terrace - there was a wedding scheduled for Friday evening. Not sure what they did about not being able to hold it here

I won't bore you with more pictures - there are so many that I took off of the Burlington
site but just wanted to share a few.

On a brighter note - we got to enjoy Miranda's 5th birthday party.
It was a Moana theme and she even had the outfit!

Besides a sundress and some toys we gave her this pool turtle and she loved it!

Last night there was another storm that was to roll through - it missed us but got Darren and MaryAnn's place. They had hail damage on the car, house, pool cover, gazebo and deck.

Hope you all have a great week - thanks for stopping by


  1. Glad everyone is ok and hope things are back to normal soon!

  2. wow glad you are ok, we have problems with flooding in my area too.

  3. Oh my goodness on the weather! We live in a small town that has had its share of flooding and your pictures look very familiar! So sad, I hope everyone recovers quickly. I did like the action shot of the fish jumping!! :)) Miranda made a pretty little Moana!

  4. Oh wow!! So glad you all are okay. Looks like Miranda had a very happy birthday!

  5. Glad that you did not sustain too much damage to your home. Hope all gets back to normal soon.


  6. So sorry about the rain and hail. Hoping you all get things repaired soon. So thankful none of you were injured. Happy late birthday wishes to Miranda. I love your new blog header photo :)

  7. I'm glad the rain didn't spoil the party for that cute little girl. As far as your town, how very sad. I hope your repairs go quicker than you think, I can imagine what a mess everything is. We had a flood when we lived in Louisville where water got into the basement. I'll be thinking about you and your community. In Seattle, no rain for aver 20 days. All the lawns are brown. What is going on????

  8. I am so glad that you and your family are safe. Your little one is just so precious. Have a good week.

  9. We had the worst flood in over hundred years back in 2003 our community so I know what you are going through. Our community really pulled together though too. Many lost their homes. I'm so glad you and your family are safe. Glad to see you enjoying that sweet little ones birthday.

  10. What a mess! I didn't realize just how bad the flooding was! Poor Darren and his family....hail can be very serious too. Hopefully insurance covered his damage!

  11. Oh my. That was some serious flooding. I'm happy that you are safe even if a bit soggy.
    Looks like Miranda had a great birthday.
    Hugs 😊

  12. Wow, what a week you and your community had! Awful flooding!! I am glad that you are safe and able to get your basement dried out and recover everything in the garage. Like you say, it was great to celebrate Miranda's birthday together despite the flooding mess.

  13. Wow, so glad y'all are safe and drying out. I remember our flood in 2010. Our home is pretty high in elevation, so we were safe, but so many others had damage. Happy birthday to your sweet Miranda😉. Birthdays are such fun at that age.


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