Pictures of flooded neighborhood

By: seflagamma , 10:17 PM GMT on August 24, 2012

Ended up with over 12.5" for two day total of Isaac in our neighborhood which was probably the most flooded in Broward County. Finally able to do clean up now.

Aug 26, 2012: now over 10" of rain and still pouring. That one long rain band the only one you can see that is from South East coast up thru Broward... that is training right over our area. probably nice on either side but not over us.
Our street is white capping ... water is in my neighbor's garage and about to enter ours, back patio is now half way flooded. Back yard and pool is under water.. we could float a boat down our street.

Aug 25, 2012: Isaac is here in Broward County.
Already getting a lot of squally bands of heavy rain and wind. 30 mins ago we already had 1.5" just from last night and this morning, probably adding another inch right now in this rain band..
really nasty and it is not even afternoon yet...

Aug 25, 2012: Brian Norcross has a blog here on WU, a feature blogger! He is a Hurricane God to those of us here in SE Fla. When he speaks, I listen.

Also, as of 11am, Broward is out of the "cone of doom" but still under Tropical Storm Warning. That means still very nasty weather coming out way with tornadoes since we are on the dirty side.
However, with that said, the next moving could put us back, it has flipped back and forth all week. And the storm was not torn up by Haiti and may not spend much time over Cuba. So do not take this lightly here in the SE Coast.
The Keys are under a Hurricane WARNING now, this is going to ramp up into a hurricane soon.

Aug 24, 2012: Decided I needed a new blog thread quickly as Isaac could be affecting us after all.
We are now under TS Watch, which will probably be warning soon.

Will be back to add more later.

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Here are my weather Maps. This one had to be removed from my above the blog spot; it was causing my computer problems.


I found out, these maps are measuring fire hazard and soil moisture, not necessary drought according to rainfall.



Locations of Site Visitors

our street at noon today (seflagamma)
Aug 26, 2012: Isaac floods our street really bad. Now nearly 11
our street at noon today
Rylee in street waters (seflagamma)
Aug 27, 2012: TS Isaac in our neighborhood. over 12 1/2 " of rain. Rylee loved playing in the street flood waters. so did the rest of the kids when they came out.
Rylee in street waters
Gamma & Rylee (seflagamma)
Aug 27, 2012: TS Isaac in our neighborhood. over 12 1/2 " of rain. Rylee hanging on (Pretending of course) we were walking around after rain finally stopped over 12 1/2" here.
Gamma & Rylee
Fun in the flood waters (seflagamma)
Aug 27, 2012: TS Isaac in our neighborhood. over 12 1/2 " of rain. I know this is "NOT SAFE" so spare me your feedback. The kids had a ball after the rain finally stopped. Daughter with kids on raft in street .
Fun in the flood waters
The canal has left the banks (seflagamma)
Aug 27, 2012: TS Isaac in our neighborhood. over 12 1/2 " of rain. We had some fish in the streets that came from our canals.
The canal has left the banks
Teagan 7 wks old (seflagamma)
Aug 28, 2012: Grandson, Teagan, around 7 wks old now and growing way too fast. Wish I did not live so far away.
Teagan 7 wks old
I Gave Hatch a Makeover (seflagamma)
Sept 3, 2012: my Gator, Hatch, I got about 10 yrs ago with Birthday Money. He has had some rough injuries and I have repaired him and repainted him twice. I got him finished again today... he is still wet that is why he is on the painting table outside. Hatch does startle people who walk into our backyard sometimes!
I Gave Hatch a Makeover

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196. palmettobug53
5:13 PM GMT on September 04, 2012
I didn't realize Hatch was a whole gator.

I don't think I'd ever seen him before. I thought he was one of those three piece deals. Head, back hump and a bit of tail, that you just place out in the yard. Looks kinda like it's partly underwater.

where in the world did you find a big one like that? He's pretty cool.
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195. NEwxguy
5:09 PM GMT on September 04, 2012
Hi,gamma,drop by as I was late to work for a Drs appt,which went on for ever.They changed software for handling patient data,so they had me confirming all my personal data,so didn't get to work until almost noon.
Heavy rains up here with a front and left over moisture from Isaac,that guy really gets around.We're keeping an eye on Leslie,but looks like Bermuda is the one that may get hit hard.
Hope you've dried out by now and your weekend was a good one.I spent the weekend in New Hampshire for some much needed R&R.
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194. palmettobug53
9:43 PM GMT on September 03, 2012
Happy floating, Gams. I know you have to be tired. I am, just from reading about what you've been doing!
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193. seflagamma
8:58 PM GMT on September 03, 2012
Bug , yes that is the biggest reason why I am killing myself this week... I have to work Thur, Fri, Sat so not a lot of time to get any of that done Sunday morning...

But I am now at a "good place" to stop the real yard work... I have more patio work to get done but can do that tomorrow...

Sandi, Yes I am busy lady lately.. I have so many bags that it will probably take 2 weeks to get them all picked up.
I can give you a word from experience, your neighbors are not going to pay for your fence...
we had same thing after Wilma, it was our neighbor's fence.. same on each side...

and we said we would go "halves" to replace it...
but no one wanted to go "haves" with us and we ended up replacing the entire fence on all sides..
made them all happy they did not contribute a penny to that fund...

Good luck to you.

I finally finished another "project" I've been working on for few weeks.. my plaster alligator, "Hatch" which I have redone before because he keeps getting broken and paint blistered from the sun and heat... I got him repaired again and finished painting... and his final coat of Poly...

he is looking good again!

Very tired, I did get some R & R in the pool this afternoon so the entire day was not just big work.

got to go.. be back tomorrow.
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192. sandiquiz
3:23 PM GMT on September 03, 2012
Hello busy lady!

I have an area of my garden to cut and bag, too, but I want the neighbours to deal with the fence first!
And no, they still haven't done it, although I keep getting plenty of 'promises' !

I am amazed that your maps have gone back to green from blue after all the rain you had!!

Happy Monday, and even though it is Labour Day, you don't need to labour too hard!!,
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191. palmettobug53
3:17 PM GMT on September 03, 2012
Ah, so that explains all the work in the heat and not waiting until after your last day at work. Poppy's birthday had slipped my mind, with all the Isaac watching. I know you always have the clan over for that.

I agree: I LOVE making the cuts and HATE doing the necessary bagging and cleanup afterwards.
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190. seflagamma
3:10 PM GMT on September 03, 2012
Good morning and Happy Labor Day,

Bug, Lucky yesterday the trimming I was doing did not involved needing to be covered from head to toe, and we had a slight breeze yesterday which made it nice.

And I got a lot more accomplished yesterday.

Now today already at it trying to prune the tree and large bush to get it ready and cut off weak branches.

The hardest part of cutting everything up and bagging it! I love making the cuts but not the bagging.

Sort of like the cook does not want to wash the dishes afterwards and clean up the kitchen! :o)

So back out there this morning already; thank goodness I have the pool to take breaks in when I get hot.

AllyB, Happy Labor Day to you!

I will be doing a lot of "labor" today; I want to get most of the back yard done by Wednesday and get the patio cleaned up. I need the back yard done before I can clean patio.

My yard was already neglected this year (with all the inside working being done) before we got flooded last week. Flood water can make for nasty as it recedes.

Ellen is going to make roasted chicken so no big BBQ today.

Hubby's BD is Sept 11th (I think it is a Tuesday) so we are going to have the family over and a few friends next Sunday. That is why I am busting my butt to get it all cleaned out before I go back to work Thursday.

You all enjoy your Labor Day; hope you are resting and taking it easy.
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189. AllyBama
4:03 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
Happy Sunday Gamma!
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188. palmettobug53
3:53 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
Take it easy, Gams. Don't be trying to do too much in the heat. I know it drives you nuts to see things outside that need doing but..

For doing all that trimming and bagging, at least try to find some type of long pants and long sleeved shirt that are thin material. A light cotton; something old and worn out and thin. Go to Goodwill, if you have to, and find something like that to hang in the garage for doing hot weather yard work.

Dip yourself in the pool, between jobs today.

I've been wanting to redo my front walk for quite some time now. I heaved a few of those flagstones around back in July. I'm still not quite happy with the layout and, as they are, they're still blocking water from flowing from that side of the front yard. (It's an accummulation of dirt and stuff from several years that has silted it up.)

I think I need to curve the main walk more towards the parking pad but am still not quite sure how to do that and also keep some curving the other way, around the corner of the house. I only have a certain number of flagstones and am trying to work with what I have, rather than buying any. I don't think I have enough, though.

I won't buy real flagstone. I think I've seen some imitations made from concrete at either Lowe's or Home Depot. Those are probably cheaper than the real thing. I thought about getting some square or rectangular stepping stones but those would be a stark contrast with what I have. I don't mind using imitations, if the look is the same.

I'm waiting for cooler weather to do any more work. Those flagstones are heavy.

Boy, I can blather on, can't I?
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187. seflagamma
1:08 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
brla, thank you for coming back. I figured you lost power.. Oh yes, it is hard to not have electricity for 1 day in this heat but at least you were prepared for everything else.
I get laughed at also for my prep; others don't do it until under a warning then everything is crowded and sold out.
I hope your area is done for another 4 yrs.

We got a lot of water but not much wind at all; we are still "due" a bad one, Wilma was the last one that hit us hard.

Take care and glad to hear things are getting back to normal.

Bug, it was so hot, after I finished that one project I got out of those hot clothes and back in the pool
and just relaxed and did a few things like cleaning my bird feeders and putting them back out.

Today I want to do a little more yard work in back hammock area and then clean up my patio.
It has looked like a storage area for months now; since the renovation..and I am ready for it to be a living area again!

Everyone have a great Sunday!
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186. BRLAgirl
2:33 AM GMT on September 02, 2012
Lost Internet connection for a minute and my message posted twice... I deleted the 2nd one here. Didn't think you needed a duplicate! At least power didn't go off. I' m just enjoying the cold AC.
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185. BRLAgirl
2:32 AM GMT on September 02, 2012
Hi Gamma.. Sorry I have not been able to let you know how things are here. We lost power on tuesday . That storm just sat here with constant winds. We are 25 miles outside of baton rouge and had more tree damage here than from Gustave 4 years ago. The center of Isaac passed us around 2 pm on Thursday but i was already at my office by then and have worked thru today (saturday). We got power at home late last night. I will not work on Sunday but will be back on Monday. Many still without power and lots of traffic lights not working in the city. Rivers are now flooding. I-10 to new Orleans has been totally closed but this afternoon they opened 1 east and westbound lane. There had been a traffic back up to the west of baton rouge of people trying to go home after evacuating. Just a mess but we will survive. I needed to clean out our big freezer anyway! Preparations are essential in making these trials somewhat bearable. Some of my friends who laugh at my plans are sure not laughing now. Glad we all made it thru this one! Let's hope we get to wait another year at least before we get a do over!
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184. palmettobug53
8:31 PM GMT on September 01, 2012
Sheeesh... sweat pants in all that heat? I think after 8 bags, the raft in the pool is the best choice. You'll have plenty of time to tackle the rest, once that last day of work is past. Wait for cooler weather, woman!
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183. seflagamma
8:04 PM GMT on September 01, 2012
Hi everyone, afternoon stop off....

Bug, I hope so.. I noticed you have not started your Saturday posts lately with going over to see your cousin.
I must have missed the one when she moved... I have not been as attentive as I should have been this past year..

So far so good, I got a lot done today, now hot sweaty and itchy!

Ylee, thanks.. been a good day, up at 6am, then errands then Yard work..

I had some really nasty yard work to get done.. that back West wall (the one all our pictures are taken in front of because of the green background..

well ever so often that must be reeled in and trimmed... and that job is not for sissies..

I started out in a swim suit and flip flops..and kept getting itchy stuff on me and making me nuts.
Plus was afraid of encountering a snake or other critter in my flip flops..

so did what I should haVe done first with that type of job.

Over my swim suitI put on sweat pants and long socks that cover, with those hard full on working boots.. then a light weight long sleeve turtle neck and gloves..

I was covered head to toe so no longer afraid, I went in with my clippers and saws...
and 8 large bags later ( I clip everything up in small pieces so it can be bagged).. it is done.
I nearly died in heat index of 100 in all that gear but much better than being afraid of getting bitten!

Now tht 20 ft lengh of fence has been reclaimed and ready for another growing spur!

May tackle a few more areas; but may not.. may get on the raft in the pool..

it is about 89 degrees and that is about right...

Been a good week off .. except for the flooding earlier this week!

Hope your day is a good one.
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182. Ylee
6:52 PM GMT on September 01, 2012
White rabbitsx3, Gamma! Hope you are enjoying your pool today!
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181. palmettobug53
2:36 PM GMT on September 01, 2012
White rabbits, Gams!

Am I becoming one of those "old people" who get up early on days I don't have to ??? LOL... That sometimes happens to me when I'm off. Kinda disappointing, isn't it? You're in a dead sleep on workdays when that alarm goes off but up early on 'off' days.

I think you'll find your sleep patterns will change, though. You'll get your circadian rhythms back to what nature intended, instead of being artificially controlled by alarm clocks and work shifts.

I've been sleeping in a good bit on Saturdays this summer. I've not being going over to see my cousin every week, now that she's moved to a retirement community. So, when I first wake up on Sat, I roll over and go back to sleep, instead of getting up.

It's not because I don't want to go over; she's never 'home'! She is in assisted living, rather than a free standing house or apartment. They have so many activities going on, that it has been hard to pin down a time when she's not doing something. I can call numerous times each week before I get her, instead of her machine.

I miss seeing her as often but, at the same time, I'm really happy that she's out and about and being more active, making new friends and doing things. Happy for her; kinda sad for me, since I haven't seen as much of her. Before she moved, she was spending more and more time just sitting in her chair in the den, waiting for someone to call or stop by. Now, it's all right outside her door.

I can understand how stress can aggravated a chronic condition. I have IBS. Stress is a big component on how/when I have effects from that.

Hope you have a great weekend.
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180. seflagamma
11:12 AM GMT on September 01, 2012
Good morning and Happy September 1st. Wow what happen to this year, it will be time to get Christmas decorations out of the attic soon YIKES!!!

Bills, got your mail and will answer later.
So you did get a lot of rain.. great!!!!

Bug I am very lucky, I rarely get a breakout where you can see it...mine is more so in back of head, sometimes on chest and elbows and occasionally internal which I cannot use "cream" on. Dermatologist tell me I am very lucky because where I get it can get really bad but because it is not in areas that "show" it does not really affect my appearance. I thank God for that; if you have to have an incurable problem like this mine is the best way to have it. While you don't wish it on anyone I normally can keep mine under control with a little careful attention and remembering to apply my cream "before" it really gets bad. And sometimes mine will go into remission for a few weeks.

It has been proven that outbreaks can also be "stress related" so hopefully a big part of my stress will be gone in a few weeks. Heck I have been so happy lately I don't remember when I have felt this good!
And yes, I have a few of those "knots" on my finger joints; main reason I went to doctor is to make sure they don't get worse!
Thanks for stopping by.

Sandi, White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits to you... and YES!!!! I have 5 more working days!!!
You are so right, the next few months are not going to be my "normal" routine for retirement, but hopefully I can get a lot of projects done around the house and yard.

Can you believe I am up so early on a vacation day?
I have been up so early every day this week; and in bed so early at night.
What's up with this??? Am I becoming one of those "old people" who get up early on days I don't have to ???

But I do have a busy day and want to get a lot done.

I did get the pool pump working and unstopped the cleaner line that was stopped up with leaves and debris...even used my new little devise to unplug one of the jets in the hot tub so now all 5 of them are working again. YEAH!

And then got the pool all nice and clean again..

YOu all have a great day and I will return at some point...So happy I am not at work!

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179. sandiquiz
8:26 AM GMT on September 01, 2012

Wishing you White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits
and a FUN and SAFE month of September!

And in your case, a happy retirement month!!! lol

You will settle into a routine, but having the grandkids there for the next few months will mean your routine will not be your eventual routine :)
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178. palmettobug53
10:48 PM GMT on August 31, 2012
I had no idea you had psoriasis. Your skin looks so good in all your photos.

Still, I'm glad you found out that you just have plain, old, run of the mill, Uncle Arthur. Those other varieties are not good. Uncle Arthur ain't great but if you gotta have one, he's the one.

I'm noticing my right index finger's first joint it getting a bit 'bumpy' looking, so I expect I've got a touch of Uncle Arthur, too. No pain; it's just getting 'that' look to it.

The sun came out today. First time we've seen it in a while. Of course, it hits all that moisture and the humidity is awful. The skeeters, too. How they breed and hatch out so fast, I dunno. I was outside for 5 minutes last night and my ankles were just eaten alive.
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177. billsfaninsofla
7:36 PM GMT on August 31, 2012
Gamma- I did dump 11 inches out of the rain gauge. It just seems to drive up quicker over here.

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176. seflagamma
7:33 PM GMT on August 31, 2012
Oh Betsey and Scott sent me a Bass Pro Shop gift card for y B-day so went there today and got myself a new rod n' reel since my old one was getting cranky and rusty, etc... it was really old anyway..

I love that place, I could spend hundreds there with their resort/outdoor wear and shoes not to mention fishing equipment. But alas, I am on a budget!

Enjoy your evening.....

and I musts set up a new blog thread tonight.
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175. seflagamma
7:31 PM GMT on August 31, 2012
Great news from the Rheumatologist ... my
arthritis is not the Psoriatic arthritis (at this time anyway) nor the Rheumatoid arthritis..
it is the good old fashion common Osteoarthritis and it has not changed that much in past 15 years.

The few places it is showing up has not grown and therefore I should just continue to exercise
but "don't" run on concrete only blacktop softer pavements. And do more walking, bicycle, swimming, and elliptical machines than running...
And keep my weight down as I am doing..

of course he wants me to come back every 6 mos to keep check...I told him how about every year so he agreed...
but I am not going back for about 3-5 more years.
No need if I have not progressed any more than that.

No xray of the knee but got good shots of hips and lower back and hands...

He said my back pain is "skeletal" not arthritis related.

I do still have psoriasis but I can keep tht under control with creams and not have to take the serious meds for awhile longer.

So one doctor down...and I still need to get yearly physical and dermatologist...skipping the OBGYN this year.

Now I am home I must get my pool back to running...

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174. seflagamma
7:22 PM GMT on August 31, 2012
Back from errands and dr appmt.

Ylee, Oh yes, we were drowning out here Sunday Monday and Tuesday. They pull full open the drainage pumps and now even the canals are much lower than they were before Isaac; which I am not so sure that was a good idea; wht if we don't have rain for a while now???

Actually I am on vac this week, then next week I work the "short" week... Thur, Fri and Sat...

then I am off on Vac again (notice I took long weeks for vac weeks!)

Then I go back Thur and Fri, Sept 21st is my last day.

If retirement is anything like this week has been I will need to go back to work to get some rest!

But I know eventually things will settle down and I will get some me time.
Congratulations to your Mom!!!!

Bills, my none of us were "morning people" either and still not so much. I think hubby could be...
Sometimes I feel bad for what Ellen has to go thru but like I said, Paybacks are a bitch!
She was never easy to get up for school either!
I did not think you all got tht much rain.. that band stayed over us for 2 days! Glad it is gone now.
Glad to see you.

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173. Ylee
6:10 PM GMT on August 31, 2012
Gamma, I think you, bug, and Sandi are going to be the Soggy Divas if this keeps up! :) I had no idea you were flooded, too!

You have what, five days to go? My mom had her last day Wednesday. She said it won't hit her until t's time for her to go back to work Monday, and she won't have to!

We'll see what Isaac has in store for us, now. They are forecasting maybe four inches for us this weekend!

Take care!
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172. billsfaninsofla
4:48 PM GMT on August 31, 2012
Hi Gamma- Good to see you are drying out. Of course, we were pretty much dried up come Tuesday afternoon. There are a few isolated areas that have some standing water, but that is definitely an exception.

Did you read Sun Sentinel today? Looks like the new sheriffs within Broward County School Board are finally cracking down on the waste within the departments of the school board. They are cracking down on duplicity of jobs and nepotism for starters. It's about time!

I laughed when you were descrbing the "not so sweet grandkids" in the morning. Neither one of my kids were good in the morning. (and they still aren't) I dreaded mornings!

Take care!
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171. seflagamma
12:37 PM GMT on August 31, 2012
And DocNDswamp appears and he and his family are OK. They just got power back and they were in the eye wall for 4 hours it was moving so slowly.

I was worried about him the entire time this storm was over his area.

WOW I cannot believe this if Friday and I've been on vacation all week and have been so busy it has flown by.

Everyday there were appointments and things I had to get done, etc. and still so much to do today.

I have my follow up visit to doctor from 2 wks ago to find out exactly what type of arthritis I have and how to make sure it does not get worse.
I feel fine and most of my stiffness is old age...and my back problems are just back problems..

I must admit some of my appointments this week were "self imposed" like my mani and pedi and facial!
At my age I need them so they are almost necessary!

Yesterday was Ellen's 33rd Birthday , my baby is 33 now YIKES> And this time 33 years ago we had Hurricane David on the way to SE FLa.

Rylee was so cute and funny about her Mama's Birthday and all "Gamma" had to help her do since
Daddy is not here (he comes in tonight)>

phone ringing...bbl
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170. seflagamma
12:33 PM GMT on August 31, 2012
Jeff and GG, thanks... and I agree, those parts of Charleston really got hammered. Isaac has proven itself to be a far reaching very wet storm.

Bug, Thank you..I know he is so cute. Betsey has been after me to send her some baby pictures of herself from newborn to 1 or 2 yrs old. I keep telling her he looks like a baby boy version of her as a baby.

With Baron being the mirror image of his daddy, Bets is glad this one looks like she says, it is only fair!

But my scanner has not worked since I got back home, it keeps saying it is not connected but I know it is..

this has happened in the past but eventually it starts working again...but this time is longest it has ever gone... I probably need to buy a new one.

Glad your flooding is over.. I forgot some areas of your town are at sea level ....and being an old city..
that explains the flooding. At least Isaac should remove the last of the drought issues in the areas it affects.

Thanks for stopping by.

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169. palmettobug53
11:14 PM GMT on August 30, 2012
Hey, Gams.

That shot of Teagan is adorable. He looks like a happy baby.

Glad to hear that your standing water has finally all drained off.

We're still wet. We got almost 2 inches last night and today. Well, probably about 1 3/4.

No more flooding, that I know of.

It did come down REAL hard again last night. Started about 8:30 or so. Then tapered off to a light rain.

Jeff, many areas of downtown Charleston sit right at sea level. A lot of it is built on fill. Many of the pipes in the drainage system are wooden or brick and over 100 years old. The system just does not do the job. Esp when you get real heavy rain. Flooding like we got Tuesday doesn't happen very often but when it does? Jeeze, Louise.....

The city is slowly trying to address this problem but it's a long process getting the money. They're doing it one area at a time and installing pumping systems to discharge excess water to the Ashley River (I think).

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168. GardenGrrl
1:27 PM GMT on August 30, 2012
Fun pics of playing in the flood water. If it's there, may as well make friends with it and play. Bet the kids had a blast!
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167. BrowardJeff
1:13 PM GMT on August 29, 2012
Bug, those pictures are crazy! Flooding in the stores. To be honest, that could never happen here. Our aisles aren't wide enough for kayaks. :)

Stay safe.

Gamma - blue sky! YAY!
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166. seflagamma
12:54 PM GMT on August 29, 2012
I got a picture off FB that Betsey took of baby Teagan yesterday. Had to copy it and upload it here.. in the header.

He is growing up way too fast and getting so big.
I cannot believe I have to wait until he is 5 mos old to see him again in December.

He looks so much like Betsey as a baby.
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165. seflagamma
11:10 AM GMT on August 29, 2012
Good morning,

Bug, I could not believe the pictures I saw coming out of Charleston yesterday afternoon.

I just left your blog this morning and it looks like it has cleared up some so hopefully you can start draining.
Good luck!

I am pleased to announce our sidewalks and streets no longer have standing water on them. YEAH!!!
of course the ground squishes when you step on it.

I know I am on vacation this week but have appmts every day. I am meeting a friend for lunch at 1pm.

Her job was "re-engineered" little over a year ago and she worked in HR for many years and is really an expert in a lot of that stuff.
So I want her to take a look at my paperwork before I sign it and return it...just to make sure everything is in order for peace of mind.

Plus she is a long time friend of hubby and me.

I forgot how hard it is to get 2 kids ready for school in the morning. Those "sweet" grand kids are not so sweet in the morning. Even little Rylee can drag her feet, not get ready, and make her Mama nuts!
They don't want to eat their breakfast, they want to watch cartoons, they don't want to brush their teeth. etc...

I remember those days but I had 3 kids 2 years apart in age! I have no idea how I did it back then.

Anyway, will be in and out today..

Prayers up for the entire Northern Gulf Coast..
Isaac is just sitting there pounding them all.

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164. palmettobug53
11:09 PM GMT on August 28, 2012

It's about time.

Here's what Chas looks like today: Charleston Floods - again from The Charleston City Paper.
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163. seflagamma
10:49 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
I can see the high part in the middle of my street!

First time since Sunday morning! Still water in street and sidewalks but they are starting to reappear and people can get down the street now in regular vehicles.

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162. palmettobug53
10:48 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Oh, we did OK at the house. I can see where we had some water in the yard. It left 'waves' of dirt/debris. Hubby said it wasn't bad and it was all drained off by the time I got home.

We're still to have more rain tonight. How much more, who knows? My gauge had over 6 inchdes in it but I'm not sure just how much. I spilled some, as I was measuring it out.

Hope the morning commute isn't too bad.
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161. palmettobug53
10:42 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Hi, Gams. Made it home.

It only took me an hour and a half. Instead of leaving town the way I usually do, I thought I'd try another route. BAD, BAD decision. I ran right into traffic backed up due to flooded streets. Managed to work my way back to the street I should have taken, in the first place. After a few more bad turns, trying to find my way back. It wound up taking me an hour to get out of town. It should have only been 30 minutes today. On a normal day, maybe 10 minutes.

It's still raining but lightly. All the little sparrows are mobbing the feeders and I've even spotted two hummers. Poor things, they can't fly or feed in heavy rain. I guess they're trying to make up for it. I do have a newly filled feeder out there.

I put that flooded Market St. pic on my blog and I've emailed the photog to ask if he/she minds. If they do, I'll take it down.
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160. seflagamma
8:21 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Does anyone remember the old Postman Creed.
something like
"Nor rain nor sleep nor dark of night will keep me from delivering your mail."
or something similar...
but I guess a little flood water in the street with keep them away! Because we got no mail delivery yesterday.. and after Wilma we did not get mail delivery for about a week.. of course no one really had mailboxes after Wilma! or if we did they were on the ground!

Guess we better be glad we got yesterday's mail and today's mail today.!
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159. seflagamma
8:19 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Skye, thanks, I figured that would be good in the compost but wanted to ask you first.

You only got around 2". wow..

my garden is terrible now and all weeds.. well some of my herbs are growing just find when I pull the weeds around them.

next month I am going to really start working in my yard and hopefully this winter I will be able to keep my garden tended...

Thanks for letting me know!
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158. Skyepony (Mod)
8:17 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Hated to see that line of showers pop up down there...

That is good for the compost.

So glad your house didn't flood:) Hope the garden pulls through..

Only about 2" here, could really have used a little more.
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157. seflagamma
6:39 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
WOW just saw that big red band training straight north in Palm Beach County.. they now have over 22" for the month and 6" is the average...

I would think with this 12.5 plus the 3 from earlier and prev week.. my area should be close to 20" of rain for this month.

This storm is really keeping those long training bands of rain over here on East Coast... very unusual..
the center of the storm is south of New Orleans and the rain is still over here.. weird...
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156. airman45
6:37 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Good shot, Patti!

Glad you came out OK as far as your house went. It looks like Pensacola will only get moderate gale winds and maybe a 3-5 foot storm surge. Not good news for beach homes but wind is more of an issue for my mother as she lives inland a bit.

Today was warm, 81 degrees, dry, sunny and low humidity. Rub it in, rub it in.......LOL
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155. seflagamma
6:36 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
It went! Hopefully we are over our Connection Drama and going forth all will be good.

Jeff, I sure hope that newest band stays away from me... we have some folks out trying to clean up now.

I am going to start in the house.. so much nasty was brought in from the wet soggy ground and the trash on the walk up to front door.
You know my cleaning girl was just here Friday, before the kids moved and this storm...

at least I know it is clean in the back ground.. just the floors are a big mess...

I think I have pool problems now.. I was trying to manually vacuum some of the leaves out of my pool and I was doing it manually so it would NOT get stopped up.
I was shutting git off and cleaning it out before it got too full....... and it got stopped up anyway. I assume.. I cannot get water into it from the pool..
I fear a lot of leaves and twigs have s mushed together and blocked the passage way.

If it is not one thing it is another!


Sure hope all our friends on the Norther Gulf Coast and inland in the path of Isaac are prepared and ready for this storm.

I will be watching. I know Donna aka BeachFoxx.. is ready, she is posting picture of the water rising in her bay.. she is right on the bay water but her house is up the hill should be ok.And many more friends too many to mention all of them.

Thanks again for your comments/posts and stopping by.
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154. seflagamma
6:30 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Hi everyone, I'm back and I think everything is Xfinity now.. we will see....

Anyway from this morning I will try and remember what I wrote but probably won't!

Sandi,I know, I had to do it did not want to have to listen to everyone telling me about all the "yard chemicals" that would be in that run off water, etc, etc.... Heck we've been so wet this spring and summer our runoff water was nice and clean! LOL Plus we made sure the kids did not get above their necks in that water and gave them a good bath in soapy warm water.
Hope you are getting your stuff done. thanks for stopping by.

Skye, yes those Koi fish are just colorful carps which get really big! Oh the kids, big and little had a blast yesterday afternoon after it finally gave us a break in the rain. it was like a big block party!

NEw, we are SO very happy we did not get water in the house and it was a close call.. a little more rain and it would not have been a happy ending.

Jeff, glad you are draining, we are also, back in the late 1980's and until 1999 our drains were a mess and a summer rain storm would back us up like yesterday...but they came out and fixed all our drainage canals and been working good the past 12 yrs... except when you get like 3" in one hour, it will back up but eventually go down...
Now we can see the grass, sidewalk and street still underwater but you can see the grass and half of the driveway...

Bug, you may get some of this rain... those rain bands are still east of Florida.. there is another one out there but lucky not over my head right now.

We are still getting helicopters flying over head.. not sure why now...water is receding.

Mass, thank you and I know when you go away for awhile you are usually taking care of your husband or other family members. Thank you for stopping by.
Yes we got lucky this time.

Lavinia, thank you so much for stopping by. Nice to meet you and please stop back by anytime. We have a nice crowd that stops here from time to time.

And all my lurkers... some of you "came out" and sent me mail... thank you for your concerns..

It was nice knowing so many people cared!!!

now going to hit enter and hope this goes...
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153. BrowardJeff
5:47 PM GMT on August 28, 2012's pouring pretty heavy at the office. Sigh.
It looks like the storms are going straight north, and staying well west of where Gamma lives..and even where I live.

There's not much more on the radar south of us, but it looks like there may be something forming as it crosses the Dade/Broward line. I also see a blob in the Atlantic that is angled roughly towards us, but it's hard to tell.

I'm ready for this to be over! Someone turn the faucet off, please.
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152. palmettobug53
5:04 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Not sure if it's the tippy tip ends of Isaac or if it's just regular rain but we just got deluged. The NWS said we might get rain from Isaac today and tonight.

Flood advisories all over the place. We're downtown and it floods at the drop of a hat. The street in front of my office flooded out. They had to shut down our campus shuttle buses. It was raining so hard I couldn't see out the windows.

I think it's about stopped now but it's still really, really dark out there.

I pity the poor sods that didn't bring their lunch today!
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151. seflagamma
4:53 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
dang, several hours ago I did an update and answer to all of you...without knowing the technician had already cut off my internet service while working on the system..

I will have to come back later.
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150. sandiquiz
2:57 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
LOL - Ho Gams- Love your photos, and love your comments even more!

Hope it has gone down a little.
I don't have time to read back - but did your house stay dry? - I do hope so:)

Will be back "with more time to spare" tomorrow:)
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149. Skyepony (Mod)
2:32 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Hey Gamma~ So glad your house didn't flood.

Good fun with the kids:)

Everyone's pond fish escaped here during Faye. I still see them swimming in the big canals around here. They are giant coy now.
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148. NEwxguy
2:24 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Thankfully you didn't get it in your house.Amazing pictures,kids must have had so much how long does it take for all that water to finally drain out of the neighborhood?
Fish in the streets,hmmm,that would make a good name for a band?
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147. BrowardJeff
2:21 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
My lake is much more..normal.. right now. It's receded back past the fence. :) I can see the high water line in my neighbor's property. If I get home while it's still light out, I need to take a picture.

Gamma, I switched from Comcast to U-Verse about 6 months ago, and I've been happy with it. But everyone's situation is different. I hope XFinity works out for you! Once you find something that meets your needs, you shouldn't have to deal with the company much.
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146. masshysteria
1:53 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Gamma ~

Sorry I haven't been able to post until now, but my hubby's serious health issues have prevented me from doing so.

Nevertheless, I have been watching The Weather Channel and other prime national news reports, these past few days, and was made aware that, over the weekend, Broward County, FL was affected by a large power outage and flooding conditions connected with serious t'storms, etc. connected to Hurricane Issac.

Glad to learn that you and yours were spared any damage to property, especially, in light of all the recent renovations done to your home. Glad to see you, Rylee and daughter, in posted pics above, making the best out of the resulting nearby flood ravaged streets. I know full well that you and your daughters are knowledgeable and trained to keep your grandkids safety at the forefront in all possible precarious situations. Hope all effected areas of this serious storm can return back to normal real soon and this hurricane will be the only threat experienced to the Southeastern and Gulf regions of our country in the weeks/months to come!
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