As you are probably aware, Texas has been hit with monster storms the last couple of weeks. One statistic I read was that we’d received 37 trillion gallons of rain, enough water to cover the entire state in 8 inches of water. Texas is a really big state, y’all. That’s a mess of water.
We were in Oregon visiting family when the worst of the deluge hit, but our poor house took a hit. The big tree in our garden fell one night, taking out the deck and the gutter on the back porch. Thankfully, it missed the house and the chickens.
The next day, the downstairs flooded, soaking the hallway and part of Isla’s room.
The downed tree is likely the result of a tornado that passed near our house.
The flooding is the result of completely unmaintained drainage systems in our neighborhood that the city of Austin didn’t even realize were there, much less take care of in the last 10 years. A retention pond up the hill from our house was unable to drain, and so the water spilled over, through multiple homes on the street above and behind ours and down through several homes in our neighborhood. We were relatively lucky. Our neighbors are living out of a van in their front yard and others have had to move into hotels until their homes can be cleaned out enough to move back in. Please keep them in your thoughts.
In terms of repairs, the tree on our deck has been removed (by a great company called Rigo Tree Services), as have several other limbs danging precariously from other trees around our yard. The tree punched a hole through the deck, destroyed the railing, and broke the deck away from its moorings, so will have to be entirely replaced. Inside, the carpets downstairs have to be completely replaced, and we had to replace half of one wall in Isla’s room.
Fortunately, everything damaged were things we knew would need to be replaced/repaired eventually. This just moved up the timeline for those fixes somewhere between a few weeks and a few years. And we’ve been very lucky to have good friends willing to help us out with all the repair work.
Our house is already on the mend, and in another week or two, it should be back in one piece. I’m looking forward to getting everything finished and being able to enjoy our unexpectedly updated house.