So, it is too nice to be inside…but two frozen and wet to do anything outside…so I am restless.
I put my muck boots on and walked out into the field to see how that was draining. I brought along our ice chopper just in case I felt I could aide it at all. It was doing fine on its own. It found the path of least resistance and is flowing slowly across McKenny’s pasture to the little creek that runs through there.
It is a bit nerve racking, because there is 20 acres north of us that is completely underwater and it is slowly making its way through the fence line to run across our field to the creek. If it all went at once, I think our tin shed out back would have consequences of the drainage.
Wednesday I took off work at noon to have a planned fun afternoon with Travis down at Waddy’s bar in Hudson. The pink ladies down there are doing a fund raiser of chase the queen. The way it works is you buy tickets, like 50/50 tickets. If your number is drawn, and only one number is drawn, you get to draw from the deck of cards. If you get the correct queen, you win the pot. If you draw something other than the queen then you get 10% of the sales of that night. Well, the pot was over 100K last wednesday and they were down to 5 or 6 cards in the deck…
So I get off at noon..check the basement and we had water just starting to come in. Re did the front downspout to where it emptied to get it away from the house…it was frozen under ground…so It was like a game of mousetrap as I set up various items to transfer the water…it worked. The downspout out back didn’t extend out far enough, so I had a 8 foot cardboard tube that I stuck on the end. It was effective..
Shop vacced the water that had came in, set up 4 fans in the basement, three dehumidifiers and headed to town. I was apologizing like crazy to Travis…this was supposed to be a relaxing fun afternoon…instead, we were loading 70lb tubes of sand in our vehicle and helping a lady get 20 of them in hers.. We only got 3 bags, but they were effective at the 205 house. The sidewalk had heaved with frost and the water was running into the heave between the sidewalk and foundation…causing a puddle in the basement. We got it mopped up, got the water slowed down and went on to the back yard. The back yard is west of the garage, it was deep, but not threatening the garage, I got a scoop and started making a path.. it was like scooping a slushy but we got that water moving and it was like a firehose when it hit the hedge. I pushed water through the dug out path and soon the street was totally wet and looking like a river… The back yard drained out in about two hours. I have muck boots and it was almost to the top of them when I started.
We went on to the 211 house. There was a puddle in the laundry room. Thank goodness it was nothing earth shattering or deep at any of the houses and we had them all cleaned up and drying within hours.
When I went to work on Thursday, I had expected that the worst was over….it was for Canton, but not for Sioux Falls…The river was up to the on ramp at Minnesota ave… never seen it that high EVER. Flooding was extensive and when I saw that Minnesota Ave. was flooded where it passes under I 229..I thought I better get going or they will close it and I wasn’t sure then which way I would go home. I spent the next half hour trying to turn onto Minnesota Ave from 41st and get under the bridge. 30 minutes to go 4 blocks….I shit you not. But by that time, Cliff was closed, Western at 57th was closed, Louise was closed from 41st to 49th and there were not a lot of ways to get south. So I swear, every person in lincoln county that was working north of the river had to take Minnesota Ave. south…and they were all trying to do it at the exact same time…shit show.
After I got under the interstate and on my way up Minnesota hill, it was easy. No problems getting home. Took me longer to drive 4 blocks than it did to drive 20 miles.
Nebraska got nailed with flooding, a dam broke and wiped out several towns…Western SD and Western Nebraska got hit with a record blizzard and the ranchers were digging cattle and sheep out of drifts…between the blizzard and flood I hate to think of the amount of livestock lost..Prayers to all that are fighting…and a reminder of how blessed we are with just little water, and basically a minor inconvenience…easy compared to those hardy folks.
Time to find something constructive to do…like put away the snowmen out front…I can now see them- they are no longer encased by the snow drift…