All I asked for was 1/2" of rain to re-fill the 3rd water barrel. And that much rain would also take care of the recent shrub and annual flower installations. I was tired and didn't want to haul water around this afternoon.
We got 1/4" of rain a little after 3:00 pm. Great. Now if only one of those other errant dots on the radar would roll our way, we could top off the tank, so to speak.
It started up again at 4:00 pm. The next hour and fifteen minutes were total chaos!!
Wind, rain, hail, lightning, rolling constant thunder. And it surely did rain. Torrential doesn't do it justice.
When it started to taper off around 5:15.... the 'hood was in trouble.
We gotten 4.1" of water.
The water rushed down the road so fast it took garbage bins with it.
It took sod with it.
It took part of the roadbed with it.
And when it got to the bottom of the hill, it filled up the creak, choked the culvert under the golf course, surged into the house at the bottom of the hill and flooded acres of property.
The rain came down so hard it just jumped right over the gutter on the garage, cascading down the garage door and ran into the garage.
We had a rain like this back in 2003 (again in 2006 & 2011) where we got just as much water just as fast. My basement floor actually geysered water due to the hydrostatic water pressure under the foundation and the walls became fountains with jets arcing out over 6" (and my house is on TOP of the hill!). So, since I was on a waiting list, it wasn't until 2004 until an interior drainage system and a super sized sump pump was installed (Basement Systems).
I'm happy to report only 2 little incidents in the basement today: a trickle of water from one of the interior wall drains (that had been repaired for leakage in 2011 - obviously not completely fixed**), and water running from an electrical outlet on an exterior (below soil line) wall (put the blame here on the electrician who put anchor bolts THROUGH the plastic wall water barrier. Grrrrr.
Anyway, I quickly unplugged the freezer from that outlet and snaked an extension cord to another outlet.
The crawlspace under the bedrooms, where no drainage was installed, had water gushing from the foundation tiles, creating creeks across the uneven concrete floor. That section of the house needs some work....
Otherwise, the sound and fury has moved on, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the birds and singing....
I need a drink. I'm whipped.
** service call scheduled
Wednesday a.m. update. ======
2.5 hours of severe storms started on 3:00 a.m. with constant lightning and thunder enough to shake a brick house. Heavy sporadic downpours again, flooding the garage. Thankfully only .8 inches of rain in the gauge. But the radar still looks menacing.
Wednesday p.m. update ======
And the storms just keep on coming.... :-(