The Great Flood of ’09

Three things happened yesterday:

  • the Bay Area got its first big rain of the season and it was a doozy
  • a local fire knocked out power for parts of Berkeley (including our home) for most of the day
  • our sump pump, which drains water from our basement in the event of heavy rains, was rendered somewhat ineffective without the electricity needed to power it

The result? Our basement was completely flooded with a couple inches of water. Fortunately, there wasn’t anything down there. It’s just a cement floor. But we spent most of the evening soaking up the water with towels into buckets. We ended up draining about 40 bucketfuls, or something like 100 gallons, of water!

Thank goodness we hadn’t installed the hardwood floors yet…

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