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Holy water!!!!

It has FINALLY stopped raining here... for now. It rained for over 3 days STRAIGHT. My work actually closed at 6pm last night and isn't opening until 7am tomorrow... if then. It is near a river and the flood wall, and last I heard the water was approaching the top of the flood wall. We have MASSIVE floods in 2006, what they called the "500 year flood plane", and it's only 5 years later and we are flooding again. My normal 20 minute drive home last night took 1.5 hours. The major highway is caving in, all of the roads to my house are closed because they are flooded. So glad I live on top of the hill/mountain! Here are some pics. I REALLY wish we could send some of this water to Texas and other areas that are on fire and in a drought. Schools here either started yesterday or today and they are ALL closed. Our whole county is in a State of Emergency for at least 5 days, probably more. During the flood of 2006 we were in one for 8 days, and they are saying this could be worst then that. I feel so bad for all of those families that just got their houses rebuilt and over the devistation just 5 years ago, and now they are dealing with it all over again. Just so sad.

This is the top of the flood wall in the near by city. The water is almost over it, it may be by now. This is usually a HUGE drop to the water, like 20+ feet. CRAZY!

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I just talked to a friend who lives down the road from us and both her and her DH work with us (she's actually my DH's manager, but we've been friends for like 10 years). Anyway, she said our plant is flooding. The basement is full and now it's starting to get to the 1st floor. This is NOT good! I really hope they were able to get the servers and test equipment up off the ground. Oh man, I really wonder what this will mean for our company.

I'm glad that I live at the top of what is know as "3 mile hill"!!!

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Oh goodness! So glad you guys live on a hill and that it finally stopped raining. Seems like there is one disaster after another around the US anymore. Stay safe!

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WOW that is nuts!! It won't stop raining there, yet we can't get a drop of rain here to save our lives........seriously. I really hope the rain stops soon girl!!

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The levee broke behind work. Here's a picture. I have NO idea what they will do. It's not like we can just not work. We cheapest projects we work on are several MILLION dollars, and will hold up most of Boeing Aircraft productions and a ton of military programs.

The buiding with the several rounded tops is where I work, the whole left side. It's all wood, so water does NOT do well with this type of building. It actually is the largest wooden building in the US. Built during WWII so all of the metals were going to the war.

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Tara, I am so sorry to hear that. I can't imagine going through all of this again after only 5 years!

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Oh, Tara. I'm thinking of you. I'm so glad you live on top of a hill.

KUP on work-- I hope that they have you up and running at work soon. ((HUGS))

I work with a number of engineers who do "disaster planning" for companies-- so most have a back-up plan should something destroy their building (ie an alternate place to rent/outsource work while they rebuild.) I'll be hoping that your company is well-prepared.

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You would think that some of that rain could spread out! Why do we have to have disasters on all sides of the country, one because they are getting too much rain, and the other because we can't get any rain!

We have had a TOTAL of 1.49" for the YEAR!

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I hope everything is okay with your work. Like Audra said, they should have a plan for a disaster like this.

Like Rachel's area, yours is being shown on our news here as well. I can't believe the amount of rain you have gotten.

The northwest corner of our province has been getting a lot of rain in the last bit as well, they said today 300mm in 3 days. That's, ummmm, a foot? is my math right? lol. The whole rest of the province is in a heat wave that has no end in sight.

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Kalee, WOW that is like what we got in less then one hour here yesterday!

I am sure that they have some sort of back up emergency plan. They are always doing some sort of safety drill. I'm just thinking of the logistics to dry out the whole building and I hope that they were able to get all of the computer servers elevated and all of the test equipment. We have some stuff that is HUGE, like aircraft simulators, helicopter simulators, replicas of entire electronics for HUGE aircraft, etc...

As of right now they are closed thru Saturday, so we will see what happens from there. Luckily I haven't heard of any deaths yet. Praying that is stays that way.

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I've been thinking of you, Tara. And have been checking the news to see how things are down there. I'm just so glad you guys live on a "hill." How are the local grocery stores - can you get what you need, etc? I remember 2006...

:bighug:

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How are things today Tara, is the rain letting up?

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Those pics are unreal . . . it's like something out of a movie. Any updates Tara? THINKING OF YOU!

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Sorry I haven't updated. We had no power for a day and a half. We are still dry and safe and the weather is nice now. I feel SOOO quilty enjoying the weekend with my family while so many others are homeless. They aren't even allowed back to their houses, or else I would be out their heping them out.

We have heard from our work. As of right now they have an off site place for some people to meet and come up with a game plan of what pograms are the most important. But the water in the building was 42 inches high!!! YIKES! And that's on the first floor, and it's also not a straight walk up, there are several stairs into the building. They are considering EVERYTHING in the building a complete loss. They have already ordered eveyrone new PCs. It's so sad.

We are on standby for now, and they may ask us to help with the cleanup and work odd hours. But we all have to pull together to get this place cleaned up. We will be getting paid for the next two weeks at least, no matter whether we are working or not. So that's nice of them, since they don't HAVE to pay us.

A silver lining is that not a single person lost their life! That's AMAZING!!!!

As far as grocery stores, they are picked over but we were able to get what we needed.

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That is sad, Tara. One of the guys that works for dh drove down Thurs (they provided equipment for the clean up 5yrs ago) and came back with some pictures. I imagine they'll be down there a lot with the cleanup.

What a blessing that no lives were lost. How devastating all of this is. :bighug:

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Yes Julie, they will be down here A LOT. It's still so bad. As of right now, I'm not sure when we will be going back to work. From the sounds of it, the building is a total loss. My fear is that they will say "You still have a job, you just have to move to another location". And then that they will give both DH and I different locations. UGH. But if that does happen, we have to be thank full that we still have a job and that we aren't suffering thru the loss of our house. We did just have to pull up all of the carpet from the basement. I'm glad that we haven't gotten around to expanding the finished portion of the basement yet.

I read in the paper today that one person did lose their life. It was a 95 year old woman who was stuck in her house and was sitting on the counter must have been waiting for the water to leave her house. She died of hypothermia. So sad to think of what she had to go thru.

Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers.

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Wow, Tara... just saw all this... how scary and awful! :bighug:

It looks so surreal - we just got back from spending 4 days on the driest desert on earth (the Atacama), after the Sahara. It hasn't rained there in 7 years. Even coming back to Santiago tonight, it was strange to see how 'green' everything looked - and it's actually really dry here too. I can't imagine being in your waterworld!

But I'm also so glad that your house is okay, and sending my t & p's that everyone's homes and businesses in your community will be repaired quickly.

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DH is at work today helping to clean out test equipment. Not sure when I will be going back. I have a telecon unit meeting in a few minutes that I have to call in to. I took the girls to the park today and on the way home I drove by work. I cried the entire way home, and that's 20 minutes. I have seen photos, but they do NOT even begin to show the devistation that has happened down there. To see all of the roads just LINED FULL of everyones belongings really made it hit home how bad it is. I still have lots of friends that aren't even allowed back to their houses yet, and may not be at all if they are deamed unsafe. It's just SOOO surreal. I feel like it's a movie, not where I live and work. And the difference from where I work to where I live, only 20 minutes, and it's totally fine here. UGH, it's going to be a LONG recovery.

Oh, and the local news posted that my company said they are not guaranteering that they will rebuild and stay in the area. GREAT

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Any updates on your company, Tara? I've been thinking of you. :bighug:

And Petco - :bluesad: poor animals. Been hearing all about that on the news.

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I've been working the past three days on empting the building and inventoring everything. They hired a company to help with the removal and cleaning of things. 500 of their employees and about another 300 of our employees working around the clock. DH and I have been doing different shifts. I litterly won't see him for more then 5 minutes today. He got home around 12:30am and I left at 5:30am, I got home around 3:30 with the girls and he was already gone and won't be home until 12:30am again Sad He has to actually go in and help empty the test labs. WHAT A MESS. I really have NO idea how we will ever rebuild our business, but all of the upper management is staying positive... at least when they talk to us. It is goign to be a LONG road to recovery. They still aren't sure if the building will even be able to be saved. But they do say that they want to stay in the area, so that's hopeful.

The air quality in the building is getting SO bad that regular masks that they were wearing arnen't good enough anymore. They have to order gas mask type of masks. I havne't entered the building, but just being in the area for the past three day, I had to use my inhaller 2 times while I was there today. My chest is killing me, and I have an aweful cough. Everyone has this aweful cough. I wonder what the long term effects of this will be. I am hoping to not go in this weekend, but we will see. I did take some inventory papers home to enter into the computer, so I can work while breathing in clean air.

The pictures and seeing everything under water was hard. But seeing it now is WAY worst. To see everyones life belonging on the side of the road to be picked up, the backhoes and tractor trailers full of peoples belonging... it's so heartbreaking.

Petco, it's just so sad. Another PetSmart did do emergency pet removal. So sad that Petco didn't. Over 100 animals. So they are now helping out the local animals that have been displaced.