Monday, Kristin sent us photos of the outside of our house. The water looked high but the roof looked solid. Our pool cage looked destroyed and we lost of a lot of trees, but nothing fell on our house. A colleague who lives down the street from me texted that our outdoor garage lights were on, so she assumed we had power. (I could verify this from Kristin's photos.) This all seemed like pretty good news.
|A photo from Kristin...I've always wanted a waterfront home.|
|Electric poles making their way down the west coast, where many poles were completely snapped in half.|
|The wind literally blew the bark off trees; there were hundreds of naked trees everywhere!|
We definitely had water get into the house. The line around the furniture in our living room and the car tires in the garage suggest 3-4 inches. The walls sopped up a lot of it, and that means we need to cut out the drywall due to the risk of mold.
|Luckily Matt brought his Shop-Vac home from the studio and we used it to suck up the water.|
|A view of our house from the golf course. You can see where the shingles are missing, the downed trees, and the ruined pool cage.|
|Archie's memorial bird bath survived.|
The biggest pro, obviously, is that most of our friends sustained only minimal damage to their homes and all of them are safe.
None of the trees that fell from our yard damaged any houses! The avocado tree landed in our neighbor's yard and the trees from the golf course missed our pool. The trees on the other side of our house all fell harmlessly into the ditch between our yard and the other neighbor's.
|No more avocados. I am so grateful this didn't hit the neighbor's house.|
Our power was out for two days because a tree took down the wires, but FPL was able to temporarily hook it back up so we have lights and AC for the time being. Eventually they will come back and do a more permanent fix. (Internet is still out, but I can use my hotspot.)
We have running water and we are not on a boil notice.
Our insurance company is being extremely helpful and allowing everyone affected to file claims via email because their phone-lines are swamped, so we've been able to take photos, file the claim, and begin cleanup ASAP.
Everything in our freezer stayed frozen - hooray for gallon bags filled with water!. The water and non-perishables we prepped are all safe, too.
Our belongings are okay, including Matt's ceramics (and his studio!) and my grandma's crystal.
|This is just part of Matt's park's flooding (you can see more on the Upriver Ceramics Instagram page); the river is still rising and it is honestly a lake right now.|
|Luckily, the cottages are all safe! Somehow they withstood the wind!|
This entire ordeal has been stressful and exhausting, and it's not over yet, but at least now we know what we're dealing with.
(Also, every ten minutes I'm thinking about how climate change will lead to a higher frequency of huge storms like this and I don't know how many more times I can do this. Once is enough!)