On October 29, 2012, we met Sandy.
The wind was worse than the rain.
Over the next hour or so, we went from the front door to the back door, closely watching the progress of the flood waters. We also began moving things inside the house to higher surfaces. We were literally surrounded by water; at its peak, it was within mere inches of entering the first floor of our home.
Tim decided that we would go up into the attic if the water started coming in. I was not sure how we were going to get the dogs–let alone ourselves–up through the tiny access hole to get into the attic. Fortunately, the water finally began to recede.
It was too dark to get any photos of the period when the water was at its highest. Below are some that I took the following day.
After this experience we’ve even thought about installing a security system with features like water sensors that can help detect flooding in the house. Optional features such as these sensors can be found on sites like www.tophomealarms.com/ and although they might not be able to do anything miraculous (like stop a hurricane) they could always help alert us to when water is creeping up in places of our home where we don’t want it.
Not to mention, flooding can occur in your home even when it doesn’t involve a natural disaster. Pipes can burst or water sprinklers go off or even sinks and bathtubs can overflow. So even if it’s not Hurricane Sandy damaging your home with overflowing water, it’s good to be prepared.
More photos to follow!