Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Natural Disasters

A farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936. Photo: Arthur Rothstein.

Natural disasters are nothing new. Picture this with water and it pretty much sums up my plight here at the cottage. I was outside in the dark across the street swinging the broad side of a pickaxe trying to create a trench to reroute the water coming over the road from the steep slope and paved driveway across from me. Then it was down to the basement to keep the water contained in the utility room with portable pumps and my trusty shop vac. I am happy to say I was successful.

A county engineer with the road department will be coming by soon to view my situation and hopefully come up with a solution. This is the first time I have had water in the cottage since I bought it in 2001. Fingers crossed.

Regards, Superwoman.


Sue said...

Oh dear, Rosemary-I'm so sorry-I didn't realize it was that bad for you there. Hope the county will do something to help the situation. Somehow, it's hard to picture you with a pickax, but, I guess we do what we have to.
My thoughts are with you---take care!

Sunny said...

I'm glad help is on the way. I knew you must be dealing with water when your blog hadn't been updated this morning (yours is always my first read of the day). You're in my thoughts and prayers for DRY!

Anonymous said...

That sounds exhausting.

I really need to proof read my posts.


The Queen Vee said...

I agree with Sunny.

Rosemary if I lived near you I would be happy to help you dig. I know you must be exhausted and I do hope the county can give you some help and relief. I know everyone up your way is feeling stretched to their limits. Praying that your darling cottage will soon being drying out and enjoying some much needed sun. Please be careful Rosemary.

Anonymous said...

Rosemary, yours is back-breaking work. And, yet, I know you need to stay with it until a solution is in place. Perhaps, the county will be willing to install sandbags across the road as a temporary fix. I wish we all were there to roll up our sleeves and be of help and take a shift so that you can rest.
Do be careful.

friendandfaux said...

There is nothing worse than water, you can not stop it you can only try to keep up or a half a step ahead....until it stops.
I have "been there", it stays my greatest thoughts are with you, my fingers crossed, and if only there were a dike around your house I'd plug that trickle with my thumb!
Good luck and clear skies

Anonymous said...

All the very best indeed for quick draining and drying out. I love your blog and read it avidly from Brisbane, Queensland. We had similar devastating floods and destruction here in January. It brought out wonderful wonderful community spirit and concern, even in the midst of terrible tragedy.

Barbara said...

So sorry to hear of your plight! I hope you get out from under it all quickly and without any major damage. Try not to get too stressed, it's bad for your health!
My home flooded from a burst pipe last January. My husband and I and our little Havanese puppy, Parker, will be so happy to be able to move back in by Thanksgiving!
There's no place like home.
Thanks to you for the comfort you bring me with your blog. It is a joy!
God Bless!

penelopebianchi said...

Oh my heart is with you! I am so sorry you are having to go through this....and I am thrilled you have neighbors who want to help! Our daughter who lives in Marblehead......and has a place in Vermont....went to volunteer to help the farmers and others in Vermong=t! I am thrilled my grandsons have had the experience of helping neighbors in emergencies!

One grandson's arm is in a huge cast.......(he was hit by a truck.......sheeesh.........thank God just the arm was brain damage......what a personality!!)

Both boys helped in Vermont....get stones out of fields of farmers......they have never seen a disaster....they are 12 and 14 What a fabulous learning experience!!

Good luck to all in the recovery!!!

maria horvath said...

Dear Rosemary,

My heart goes out to you.

We went through a flood last year here in Rhode Island, when water came through both our roof and our basement.

The sun will come out again, and the rain stops, the water leaves, and it's dry again.

All the best,


Taryn said...

The amount of rain we had made it the first time water showed up in many places. Like you, my husband was out in the rain digging trenches. We weren't completely successful but towels and a shop vac are helpful.