I just found out that, this afternoon, our rural municipality, among many others, was declared in a state of emergency. People were informed where to pick up sand and sand bags, if they need it, and where to muster if they need to evacuate.
Where we are, things are not so dire. One of my neighbours drove the roads in the area, including the one past our place that I’ve been checking. It is nowhere near the worst if them. He drove through all the washed out areas, as he has a truck that can handle it, but I wasn’t sure he would make it through some!
Around our home, however, the water continues to slowly recede. The rain has stopped, though we did see a few snowflakes. The water seeping into the old basement has not increased, though it hasn’t decreased, either. One corner of the new basement is damp, so I put a fan on it. Before we moved here, my brother had found that corner full of water, with mold all up the wall. It was a huge job to clean up. A rain barrel had been left unattended outside that corner, during a rainy summer. It overflowed right at the wall. We now believe the weeping tile, at least near that corner, is filled with sand and soil, which I see washing through the drain to the septic tank, because of this. That corner now still gets damp occasionally, and we need to keep an eye on it.
We are very fortunate where we are. We aren’t much higher than other areas, but it’s enough to make a huge difference. I’ve been seeing other photos people are sharing on Facebook, and it is pretty devastating.
We have much to be thankful for right now!