And the Creek Did Rise…

My uncles say, “Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.” Well, yesterday the creeks overflowed, the rivers are still rising and the sewer rose right into my basement. Our sump pump is working fine, so while we’re unable to flush our toilets and take showers, we don’t have much water damage like thousands of others in the Chicago area. We did not have to be rescued by boat and we did not lose our car underwater. For that, I am extremely grateful. Our neighbors, who do have a working sewer, invited us over last night to use their bathrooms and feed us cake. Yay for good neighbors!

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You, too? I thought I was the only one.” ~C.S. Lewis

Ed graciously offered to let us stay in a hotel room, but I wanted to stick it out at home. Yes, it is a pain, but I think I would have been too anxious about our house if we left last night. As for comfort, I like sleeping in my own bed.

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ~Jane Austin

I may not be able to run the dishwasher, but we have electricity. I can’t do laundry; however, our washer and dryer are not under water. In this crazy Chicago weather, we are now having snow flurries. At least we have a warm house. We have a solid roof over our heads and a mostly dry basement under our feet. The water puddle is slowly receding and I’m hopeful that we will be able to run water by tonight or tomorrow.

splashing puddles

The water company has kindly listened to our phone calls and sent out an investigator. He assured me that the sewer would soon start running normally. We have a low sewer line compared to some of our neighbors, which is the reason our line backed up.

Our school district is up and running and the girls are at school. Ed has been able to get to work. We just have so many things to be thankful for!

“In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ~Robert Frost

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28 Replies to “And the Creek Did Rise…”

  1. So grateful to hear that you all are safe, Ginny Marie ~ I was thinking of you.
    My daughter lives in the Chicagoland area too, and the "creek" in their backyard became a raging "river" yesterday.
    Thankfully, they did not experience any water seepage or sewer back-ups.

    Hopefully the weather will settle down and dry out soon ~ we had a winter storm warning up here yesterday and received 5 inches of "spring" snow (heavy, wet, & icy ~ yuck!).

    Thanks for sharing ~ great quotes today = )
    Blessings to you and yours!

  2. I had no idea the weather was so crazy in the Chicago area and that flooding is happening! I think Boston and Texas has overtaken the news:/

    Hope the rain stops and you get sun soon!
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    1. Ha. I'm pretty cranky right now. The sewer is at five feet below ground level, so we still can't use water. The guy from the water company said maybe a couple more days, and I should be grateful… our friends have a house right on the Des Plaines River that is completely flooded.
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  3. Oh my, I hope your sewer problems didn't interfere with your diy project! I live on top of a hill, so I don't expect any sewer problems out here. Everything just runs down…
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  4. Oh, yuck! We live right next to the river but luckily enough we're high enough that rain doesn't effect us. We had some trouble with our plumbing about a month ago, though, and what a pain! Having an old house stinks sometimes 🙁
    (And here in Pittsburgh we call creeks "cricks", not sure why.)
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  5. Glad to hear you didn't get flooded out! Thank goodness for neighbors… and cake. 🙂 I would have wanted to stay home too and keep an eye on things. Makes me glad I live surrounded by big fields (although we did get lakes from the melting just beyond our yard line).
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  6. Glad you didn't get too much damage! My friend in Chicago posted some photos on Facebook of cars underwater and it was really scary! I think it was a rough week all around, and I'm looking forward to a fresh, new week. Hope that weather has cleared? We're getting a nice sunny day here and if you're not, I'll see if I can bounce that sunshine west to you!
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  7. I didn’t know you lived in Chicago. I live about two hours from you. :). We had flooding in out basement. We have a sump pump and the means to get it dry. Plus we live very high compared to most people in our town. The IL river has made other people’s lived way worse than mine, I am thinking!

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