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12 January 2009 @ 08:24 pm
Flood damage (and snow) picture post  
So here are the pictures I promised.



First came the snow:

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And here's Griffon!!

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Then came the blizzard:

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Then the snow got deeper:

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And during all this we introduced our new 3 Cheeseburgers for $5:

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Then the rains came (and where do you think all that snow went?):

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Our walkway has seen better days at this point:

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Road? What road?

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Not even our 4 by 4 could get us out of this!

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This is where we had to hike across to get to our vehicles parked in another neighbor's driveway (the fence blew down in the 100 MPH windstorm the day before the flood). The night of the floods, this was a raging river. LOL! Luckily since then, PSE and the county built us a bridge to get across our own driveway and through all the construction going on on our road:

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This was our driveway the day after:

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So much cleanup *shakes head* I don't know where the hot water heater came from (or who), only that it's sitting at the end of what used to be our driveway:

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This is our new waterfall driveway:

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Until they fix this stream in between the road and the edge of my property, I won't be getting the mail. LOL!

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Our gas lines are floating across the road in our stream river:

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The road on the other side of our property is where the most damage occurred and the reason we had to park elsewhere. The river changed course and went this way. PSE and the County have been working for the past few days to re-divert the river:

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At least we're not our neighbors further down the road. They were under about 5 feet of water in some places (this picture was taken the day after the flood when the water receded):

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So, all in all, we feel pretty lucky that the flood didn't damage anything too badly where we're concerned. The roads are being fixed by the road crew and PSE is getting the gas line situation under control so we'll be able to have gas again. Our driveway will get repaired soon enough. I just feel so bad for the people who lost so much in the floods. If you do pray, please put them in your prayers. Thank you.
 
 
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claddagh_girlcladdagh_girl on January 12th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
We had similar floods in England last summer (And the year before that, too.) so I'm familiar with the destruction and heart break it can cause. We were lucky and weren't directly affected but I know a lot of people who were, and it's horrible. I'm so glad you got off lightly, all things considered, and that repairs are so soon in coming.
Maria: blinking owlslave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
When I think of the poor woman down my road who was crying when they were loading her van with what had been destroyed, I just shut down.

It's just too much.

I feel extremely fortunate. Hope it keeps going well for you in England this coming summer. :)
Thymeoasis6028 on January 12th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
What a mess! Good luck with getting things back to normal.
Maria: Donovan - Snow Dayslave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
It is, innit? I'm just hoping for another windstorm to take it all away. :P

pclu2004pclu2004 on January 12th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Good grief! Snow can be beautiful, but not when it causes such destruction.
Good luck, I hope you get everything cleared up.
Maria: MOM my head hurtsslave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
The snow is beautiful but yeah. It's gotta go somewhere when it melts (and 50 degree weather combined with major rain doesn't help).

I hope so too and thanks. :)
Jackie: baby!O winterjackieville on January 12th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
My gosh! I feel so badly for you all. I have everyone in my thoughts and prayers, sweetheart!

*squishes and loves*
Maria: Baby!Orli (Underage)slave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
*tackles and squishes*

Thanks jackie. Like I said, I don't feel too badly. I actually fell lucky if you can believe it. *smooches*
rosy5000: BJ Robe/Togarosy5000 on January 12th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, WOW! I'm glad you guys didn't have as much damage as others but I feel so bad for your area. Take care. *hugs*
Maria: hanging phonesslave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
*hugs you*

Yeah, the people down my road are who I keep thinking about. I'm okay though. :)
Lisa: M/Wake/WTFbrianswalk on January 12th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
Hundred MPH winds? My mind kinda froze up at that. One of my many weather phobias!
You've been in my thoughts and prayers since your last post, babe. I'm glad your damage wasn't as severe, and my heart goes out to your neighbors.
I assume your restaurant came through unscathed?
Maria: BJ - 314 is loveslave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Yeah. The mind does shut down at that point, doesn't it?

Thank you. :) I feel extremely fortunate right now.

The restaurant is okay. We're on the best side of the 202 bridge. The road was decimated and the homes destroyed on just the other side of the bridge in Fall City. If the river ever got so high that it overflowed on our side, it would not only flood out my restaurant but the whole town and valley!
simplyshanni on January 12th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yikes, hon! That was some photo essay! You really did get it so much worse than in our area! Thank the Lord that you came through it all relatively unscathed, all things considered! So good to know that your gas line issues are being dealt with, as that was one of my biggest worries for you! I've been keeping you and everyone involved in the floods in my thoughts and prayers, and will continue to do so!

*much love and tight hugs*

Shanni
Maria: Jaws - We need a bigger boatslave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Well Snoqualmie Valley made the Natl news. Go us...um...I think...

Yeah, the gas lines have been plaguing me too. They've had guys watching it every single hour of the day to make sure no one ran over them.

Comforting, isn't it?

And now the 202 has cut North Bend and Snoqualmie off from Fall City.

But things are slowly going back to normal and the amount of road crew workers has gone down. They keep telling us the road should be fixed by Wednesday.

*hugs you and doesn't let go*
(no subject) - simplyshanni on January 13th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Queen of Angstlittlegreenleaf on January 12th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Nature is beautiful in its fiercness, but those last pics were horrifying! What a mess...I hope you and yours did all right in all of this.
Maria: Orlando as Balianslave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
One of the reasons we moved here was because it is so beautiful. But it does come with a price sometimes.

We're alright. We just have to be more creative about how we leave in the morning and at night, but we are doing quite well. :)
shadownycshadownyc on January 12th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
That's quite an experience. It's wild seeing it in pics -- thank you so much for sharing them.
Maria: Elephant on trampolineslave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
It is wild! Like whoa!

You are very welcome. Photos really bring it to life but I wish I knew how to upload vids or I would do that too.
Maybe it's cause of my WICKED  ways...: Hugsrapunzel50 on January 12th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
This is terrible and very drastic, I feel so bad for you! AND you are SO positive - well done you:)
Hope it all gets fixed soooooooon.
*hugs*
Maria: BJ slave_o_spike on January 13th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Don't feel too badly. We're okay, just inconvenienced. But yeah, it is very drastic. We should be seeing FEMA anytime soon.

It is getting fixed now, which is good. They decided no waiting around for this one because of the gas lines.

*hugs you tightly*
sjmpetssjmpets on January 12th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
the pictures of the snowfall were lovely. who knew what would happen when it changed to rain. thankfully you're safe. will keep others in my thoughts.
Maria: BJ - 314 is loveslave_o_spike on January 16th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
The snow was gorgeous, wasn't it? Yeah, you don't really stop to think, 'hey! where do you think all that snow is gonna go?'

Of course, the snow usually melts slowly and all is well.

Unfortunately, it decided to rain ALOT. LOL!

Thank you hon. :)
Sometimes it is otherwise: slab bulkheadviolethamster on January 12th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Holy crap. I'm glad you're okay and I hope things get better soon.
Maria: Elephant on trampolineslave_o_spike on January 16th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
I know!!! Yep, we're okay and things are already going back to normal. :)
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Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on January 16th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
The snow had its good points and its bad. Good as in it was quite something to behold! LOL!

But then there were the accidents caused by the snow and ice and then the run off from the quick thaw.

I've lived through the brush fires too - I know what you mean. I grew up in So Cal. You can rebuild quicker from flood damage than fire, but holy shit! It is quite devastating what flood waters can do! Most people think it's just water. LOL!

The clean up is going well. We're all doing okay I think. *hugs back tightly*
Sydney Alexissydneyalexis on January 13th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
I'm always amazed at how much damage water can do. To just tear up the word and driveway like that though. WOW. It's amazing and really scary!

Hopefully everything will be fixed up soon.


I won't be getting the mail.

You can actually pick up your mail at the post office after disasters like this. Just go up to the desk and ask for it. They'll ask to see your driver's license, but that's all it takes.

Maria: BJ - 314 is loveslave_o_spike on January 16th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
I know! It's just water, right? Right??! LOL! Scary is the correct term right about now with alot of people who are packing their ruined stuff in their trucks. :(

Everything is slowly going back to normal. As for the mail, we just got a week's worth today! LOL! The mail carrier brought it to us at the door. I was just contemplating this morning about going to the post office. Then she came this afternoon. Whew!

FanSeefansee on January 13th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
Omigod!
Those are some pictures, Maria. The series starts out so beautifully, with the snow prettifying everything, but deteriorates pdq.

I can't believe some of the weather you went out in just to take pictures for us! I dunno if I'd have been that conscientious, but I certainly am glad you are. Thanks muchly for the really amazing pics. FanSee
Maria: kitten #1slave_o_spike on January 16th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Re: Omigod!
The snow pics are, I agree, just breathtaking. I love waking up to that view.

And then there's the view I had to wake up to when the rains came! Geesh!

Actually, Joe is the photographer here. Then again, I'm not exactly sure who took the pics in the car when he was driving through the blizzard. That might have been Griffon. As for going out in the weather?

It was inevitable. We couldn't stay home when we had a business to run. We were sometimes the only thing open in town.

And you are quite welcome. :)