We've had 4 inches since early morning. I wasn't really concerned at first. Just follow along with my families adventures today.........
"Yep, wasn't worried about a little storm. We lost electricity at about 3:00pm today, so I layed down and took a nap. It was about time for one anyway. We decided to go to "town" to eat supper. So did everyone else! It took us an hour to get our food, and we couldn't even get to the front of the line to pay the bill, so I left enough money including the tip and left for home. We were lucky that VA Power had Warsaw lit up, but everything with Northern Neck Electric( A Co-op) was dead, still is. Got home and realized the water was finally getting ready to out of the sump pump. Hurriedly tried the generator, not a pop. Smelled the gas, not good. Decided to turn the generator over and dumped the gas, right in the yard. It;s probably in the Potomac already.....so sue me!! It was raining cats and dogs all of this time. Got some gas out of the shed, by then I was barefoot, no point in putting on another pair of dry socks and shoes. Got the generator running...Thank you, Lord. Ran an extension cord downstairs to the first sump pump just before it ran over. Walked over to the finished side of the basement, water already half way to the TV...too late. Went outside plugged the outside sump pump in...nothing. Rats! Quickly to the shed, another new pump waiting for me...all this by "flashlight" by this time. Got new pump, old water hose out...whoops, the hose needs an adapters, or bushing they call it. No time to look. It could take 24 hours anyway to find anything in my garage by flashlight. Back to the basement, tried the next pump, an older model. Got the hose looked up, plugged it in....nothing. Darn, getting aggravated by this time. Found an old pump that I knew leaked badly, but at least it pumped. Pulled the extension hose into the house(I needed to dry my feet), looked down and darn, it had a piece of cutoff PVC pipe in the outlet. Got Gloria to pipe wretch the PVC off. Darn, same size hose as the first, again no bushing. The heck with it, got the Duck Tape out, stuck the extension plastic pipe inside the PVC, taped that sucker from "Kingdom Come"! Ran down the outside steps, plugged it in, fired her up, and water was running everywhere. The extension pipe/hose had mutiple holes in it. More duck tape later and the water is running more in the yard, then into the ourdoor steps. Went inside, dryed off, sat a while and thought, hey let's get some more electrical extension cords. First, the refrigerator is running, then a lamp(We finally turned the oil lamps off), got a radio going, then after about 2 hours, I thought! "The heck with this, unplugged the DSL unit, brought in the used lap top, plugged in for a recharge, fired up the DSL and here I am. Did I mention we had a serious fight over who got to check their e-mail first? <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
We got 10 gallons of gas, and we're having fun again. Suck it up you city slickers. We hicks know how to live.
Wayne, Gloria, and Mike