When it Rains, It Pours

I wish I had a finished or fun project to share today.  Due to weekend storms, I have a damage report.  If you follow on Instagram, you’ve already seen a few pictures.  Friday afternoon we had a 10 minute down pour.  At the time, we thought it was a lot of rain.  The waterfall looked like it was on.


More water gushing out of the bottom.


Rock stairs over flowing.  Suprisingly, my new plants survived both storms.


And a mini river on our road.


I wasn’t able to get pictures of Saturday night’s storm because it was so bad and dark, so trust me when I say it looked at least 10 times worse.  Piles of dime sized hail, near constant lightning, and rain like I’ve never seen before.  Two inches of rain in twenty minutes rushing down hill never looks good.  And our back yard really shows that.  What looked like this on Saturday afternoon:


Looked like this yesterday morning:


About a foot of mud slid down the hill, over the waterfall, and piled below.


Mainly from this natural crevice turned raging waterfall.


Ben and I ran from end to end of the house during the storm, monitoring damage, completely helpless.  So we fully expected to wake up to this:


Not this:


Water didn’t make it in the house, and I’m positive it is because Ben installed a drainage system under the rock.  Though during the peak of water, it was nearly level with the top of the deck.


There’s so much mud and debris in the waterfall and rock that we’re pretty sure we’ll have to pull it out, sort the rock, and toss it up.  Again.


On a positive note, seemingly no structural damage was done.  The beam stairs are still standing.


Even with a gaping hole cut around one of the support posts.


Most of the front is unharmed.  But a major drainage trench runs along the side, which dumped tons of water and mud, moving all rock away.


Mud in the bocce court.


Rocks piled everywhere.


A giant delta in the road.


Our fountain has two inches of rain, but obviously was higher.


Of course, just as we neared the end of our landscaping, we have to start over.  Not all is lost, but we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.  We’ve talked to many of our neighbors and most fared better.  A few with a little water in unfinished basements.  Most with debris to clean up.  Right now we’re thankful everyone is safe and we don’t have house damage and giant rocks stayed put.  But it was scary.  So now we’re in clean up mode, getting ready to fix this.  The bathroom remodel will have to wait again.