News on the Flood


So, little under a week ago the building was inundated, thankfully by ground water and not sewage.  We were very fortunate, our apartment is on the second floor and so we were spared the heartbreak of seeing our possessions ruined by water.

It was distressing to see the corridors and hallways awash with dirty water and rather surreal.

Hallway leading to the parking areas

Hallway leading to the parking areas

The front entrance hall

The front entrance hall

Flood waters outside the front entrance

Flood waters outside the front entrance

Now, the occupants of the ground floor flats have left.  There were many sad and poignant moments, two little girls carrying a huge teddy with a soggy bottom, a young woman in pyjamas and wellies tearing out carpets and throwing them into the patio, just six weeks after moving in.

However in the stoic way of people faced with adversity they got stuck in and worked at it.  Everywhere there were people in high viz. jackets with clipboards and men with brooms and brushes.  Fortunately the building is by a canal, this was not the cause of the flood and it served as a conduit to carry the water away.

Pumping and Brushing

Pumping and Brushing

Halloween

Little blue pump!!

Little blue pump!!

The canal carrying it away.

The canal carrying it away.

So, the situations today.  The skirting boards are torn out and the floor coverings ripped up throughout the ground floor, some doors are removed.  The smell is horrible, it is permeating the whole block by now.  There are huge machines working day and night to try to dry the fabric of the building and it is generally unpleasant and derelict looking.  We know that it could be up to six months before it is possible to decorate and re-carpet and the costs spiral daily.  How much it will effect our insurance remains to be seen.

Personally we have been very lucky but we have learned and are still learning that a flood is not just a lot of water.

And then to cap it all I didn’t even see any Unicorns, when you have a flood aren’t there supposed to be Unicorns??

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4 responses to “News on the Flood

  1. Jaen Wirefly

    OMG Diane I’m so sorry! Did this ever happen before?

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    • The block is quite new Jaen so as far as we know it hasn’t happened before. It has come at a tricky time for us as my hubby is pretty poorly at the moment and that is proving very stressful so just now my mind is a bit like a dish of scrambled eggs. But as I said in the post we were very lucky being on an upper floor.

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  2. Sorry about the flood. I can sympathize. We had our basement (cellar) flood when our hot water tank burst. It’s not a pleasant experience.

    As for seeing unicorns, according to the song by The Rovers I think the unicorns couldn’t be found when the Flood happened, missing the boat. That’s probably why you didn’t see any! lol

    Good luck with the clean-up.

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