Flooding at the Cottage!
  

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Flooding at the Cottage!

While we were living at a cottage, looking for a place to live, we had a lot of adventures, not the least of which was some pretty intense flooding and I cannot move on from sharing about that time without sharing that with you!

I've already written about some of the most beautiful moments from living at the cottage with you, how it affected me- how our family really needed that time of peace and healing, and how spending a lot of time in nature inspired creativity in our kids. Now let's get onto the crazy, adventurous part of that time!

Here they are standing on the front lawn! Water is well past their ankles & goes all the way to the road!

After living at the cottage for a couple of weeks. we started to have a lot of rain. As the rain continued, the lake level rose and soon we had waves crashing up over the dock and puddles in the front yard that turned into a little lake of their own that spread until it slowly covered one step and then another of the front porch and we wondered if we would need to move to a hotel because the water threatened to reach the door!

Here are a few photos from that time:




The fire pit where we had recently enjoyed roasted hot dogs and marshmallows was now surrounded by water. The little fairy village my girls had created (photos here) washed away completely.


The day the flooding began, the girls went outside to retrieve the garbage can which had floated away from the front of the cottage, right into the middle of the front lawn which had become a bit of a lake! If you look to the bottom left of the photo, you can see the garden at the front of the cottage which was surrounded by stones- and they are totally submerged!


We watched from the cottage as the weather picked up later in the day and the waves became larger, splashing over the seawall.  The girls ran outside to try to save a couple of their creations and hurried back for cover!


One day I had to meet Ken at the road after work with a pair of boots so that he could get himself to the cottage without soaking his feet! You can see from the photos just how high the water level had become! Eventually the water level would make it all the way to the top step of that porch he's standing in front of!



That evening, we had made plans to have my brother & sister-in-law visit us at the cottage overnight before they caught a flight in Detroit early the next morning. By the time they arrived, we weren't able to park in the cottage driveway anymore, so we found some parking down the street a little, and parked our cars there.  Early the next morning, I walked them out to their car and couldn't believe how much the water had traveled!


That was a Saturday and we decided to spend the day in town. We got a couple of photos of us on the front lawn as we made our way out to our car:


I wanted to remember this crazy cottage flooding adventure!  This last shot was taken by me, standing on the dry part of the road. You can see that the whole front yard had become a little lake, and the bit of dry green grass visible at the back of the cottage. Just beyond that strip of green is where the lake is. 


We're glad the water didn't ever make it inside of the cottage! Some of our neighbours actually lost their docks in the storm- they just floated away!

WHAT an adventure!


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16 comments:

  1. WOw! I can't believe yall are still smiling even though the water came up so high!! kudos !

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    1. haha Well, it helped that we were only renting the place temporarily & we kept in close contact with the owner, so we knew he knew what was going on & could take care of things the best he could (we made sure to keep him posted on any new developments).

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  2. What an adventure! Glad you made the best of it though

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  3. Omg and yet you all have huge smiles on your face!! You’re definitely lucky, could have been worse!

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  4. With all this... your pictures are you and your family smiling so happily! Honestly, this is amazing! So thankful to hear that the water did not get into your cottage. I think it's time you and your family all invest in a pair of those fishing overalls ;)

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    1. haha It was so crazy! Yes, I'm glad it never made it inside- we had a couple of nights where we were up a few times in the middle of the night, checking to make sure the water didn't get too high!

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  5. Oh my goodness... what a lot of water. I can’t believe it didn’t get into your house.

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  6. Yikes! That looks crazy. Glad the water stayed on the outside of your cottage though!

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  7. WOW! That is some crazy flooding. I'm glad you survived mostly without a scratch, and based on all these smiling faces, it wasn't TOO bad of a time. :)

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  8. Wow, that is a lot of water, so glad that you did not get any water inside but it must have been a very worrying time for you all!

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    1. Me too! It was a little stressful, but we sure had some excitement! ha!

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