How do you pump a flooded basement 10,355 miles away?

Move closer to family and have extremely helpful neighbors with a power generator.

You thought you were prepared.  You’ve waterproofed your finished basement.  You’ve installed a sump pump and battery backup.  Good on ya.  But what happens when the power goes out for over 24 hours?  Nothing.  That’s right, absolutely nothing, no working motors, no lights, no alarms.  Nothing except a flood, 18 inches of flood water to be exact.

Hurricane Irene has hit our home and we are 10, 355 miles away.   

The power is still out and the water keeps coming in, but the skies are clear.  10, 355 miles away, you are helpless.  Your expat stories of once in a lifetime adventures seem to lose meaning and a hard reality sets in.

How do you feel?  Bloody awful.  The moral of the story is to move closer to family… and buy a power generator.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to my parents, John, Katie and John and Gloria, our faithful neighbors.  It’s nice to know there’s someone looking out for us back home, 10,355 miles away.

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4 Responses to How do you pump a flooded basement 10,355 miles away?

  1. dsduffy says:

    Oh no! I feel your pain, our house is 5 hours from any family members, and I have not heard from our renters…I am praying that no trees fell on top of the house, or anything like that! I hope the water in your basement didn’t cause too much damage. And yes, THANK god for neighbors, family and friends!!!

    • Megan says:

      Hopefully you hear from your renters soon! No news is good news, right? The biggest problem is that there’s no power and it will be days before it’s back. Ah, hurricanes.


  2. Laura says:

    Oh my goodness. I can’t imagine the frustration! We’ll be thinking of you guys and sending positive and ‘dry’ thoughts your way.

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