Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Holy Major Storm Batman

I braved the pouring rain this morning to stick my head out onto the roof (patio - it's a penthouse) to make sure everything was alright. Lucky thing I did, too, since I found that the drain had become totally blocked with leaves and debris and the roof was starting to flood! I quickly took off my shoes and socks (no, I don't own a pair of boots and I didn't want to wreck a good pair of shoes), rolled up my jeans, threw on a jacket and headed out to stand in two inches of icy cold water to clear the drain. (Did I mention it was pouring rain at the time?)

This is the drain guard. Poor thing just couldn't stand up to the sheer quantities of leaves that blew down in the storm. (We had a much bigger flooding problem before we got this, but it can only do so much before it too gets blocked.)


I finally got that sorted out and was about to head back in before my toes got frostbite, when I glanced at the other end of the roof and saw this:


Do you have any idea how heavy a palm tree is? I couldn't pick that thing back up to save my life. It's still sitting there perched on, and probably breaking, my clementine tree. Once Jay gets home tonight I'll have to send him out there.

Oh, and did I mention that the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom is leaking from somewhere, either my roof (which will need to be fixed at my expense) or somewhere on the common roof (not expensive but a real pita to get identified and fixed)?

Anyone have a big mug of mulled whine wine they'd like to share?

11 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Poor tree.

Poor you.

Hang in there!!!

Irene said...

Of course I have a good stock of wine available, Help yourself!

Sorry you are having such a bad day. Hope things get nicer soon!

Nancy said...

All was workable until the water leak ... bring on the grog!

angie said...

Hey, your drain guard is really cute! Hope your superhero gets home soon to pick up that palm!

angie said...

And.....hope the roof issues are very, very minor!

Janet said...

brrrr...hope you don't catch cold!

MommyTime said...

I was once assistant to an 18" deep roof flood removal effort that temporarily broke up a dinner party so that we could all don rain gear and help bail with buckets. The water was so deep that it was pouring over the raised door ledge and into the bedroom and floating away the parquet. And that was in Madison, WI, of all places! Your drain guard is invaluable. Hope your toes are okay. :)

Shannon said...

Oh no! I have all kids of weather/home issues myself so I am feelin' for ya! Hope it doesn't get any worse!

Pieces of Me said...

anyhing I see now that is Israel related makes me a bit homesick even pictures like those.

I just hope your tree gets propped up soon!

Robin said...

We did have a flood like that a few years ago - no parquet, but the way we found out it was flooded (in the middle of the night nonetheless) was when Jay went to go downstairs and found himself sliding head over heels down them instead as icy cold water poured all around! We're a bit rightfully paranoid now. Thank goodness for drain guards!

Domestic Spaz said...

I'm going to have to dig up some pictures of what our yard and roof looked like after Hurricane Wilma.

That is the cutest little drain guard I've ever seen!