July 24th 2013 10:40 am
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Yesterday started out in fine fashion. Another overly warm sunny summer day with a forecast of possible storms moving in to the region in the afternoon. There was a possibility of severe weather with the approaching cold front. We thought nothing of it, typical summer forecast.
When the yellows and reds showed up on the radar screen, we got Alex into the house as he freaks out when he hears thunder.
We got hit by the storms around 4PM.
We moved to this place in 2003 after building a new house onto a 200 year old farmhouse and have never experienced a storm like the one that hit us. Almost 4 inches of rain in under 45 minutes, high winds, horizontal hail. It was as close to a hurricane as we are ever going to come to in Southwestern Ohio! It was too much for our house gutters and the drainage around the house to handle. Our basement window well filled with water and it ran into our never before wet basement. Then the crawl space filled with water and overflowed into the mechanical room. Of course, the electric was out which meant the sump pump couldn't do its job. It seemed like it took me forever to get the generator going and electric cords to the sump. What a mess in our basement!
After the storms, we did damage assessment: In addition to the wet basement we had 7 trees down, one on the roof of one of our barns and one on a neighbor's barn. Three trees across fences, one across our driveway, and one in our largest pasture. The work ahead us is daunting and bit depressing to have to clean this mess up with all the other work we are trying to get done before winter. Besides, who in the world wants to work that hard?!
Once the storms were gone, Alex thought all the water in the basement was put there for his personal enjoyment. He's a cat that doesn't mind getting his feet wet and enjoyed splashing around in it while my wife and I totally freaked out trying to get rid of it!
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We had that bad storm too and the tornado sirens rang! Mom put us all in the basement. It was kinda fun exploring :)
I hope everything is all cleaned up at your house now. I am glad you came inside and everyone is safe.