April Showers Bring May Flowers…………………..

I was going to title this post:


April Showers

The red line is Chicago (close enough to where I live).

This map is from 07:00 am on 04/18/2013.  I wish I had taken a screen shot for yesterday.

It started raining about 3:00 pm on 04/17/2013 and hasn’t stopped yet !!!

Yes, there is again water in the basement.

We don’t have a flooding problem here except when we get these freak storms that last so long and then the backyard floods and then water comes up under the slab in the basement and seeps in through the cracks.  We live in an old house that was built around 1930 and the story goes that the backyards of our neighborhood used to be a creek bed.

We had the infamous “Great Flood of 96” (in 1996) and besides the chance of water entering through the slab, we also had the problem of the storm/sewer lines backing up that flooded many basements throughout the town.

There are also times when the conditions are just right, we can get a line of storms similar to this one from the remnants of Gulf hurricanes.  I can’t remember which hurricane it was, but about five years ago we had the same kind of flooding and storms that we are currently having.






7 comments on “April Showers Bring May Flowers…………………..

  1. scroungelady says:

    In another life I experienced rain water seeping through cracks in the basement. A sump pump in one corner of the basement helped us avoid standing water, though the floor was still wet. Several really “wet” years (1993) resulted in standing water, despite the sump pump. Now we just have floodwater beneath the house! Yes, basement floods are a mess.

    • Matthew W says:

      I really have two options. Buy a sump pump and 150’ of discharge hose and set that up if/when needed, or to try to dig a small sump hole in the basement. Digging a hole in the basement is more work than I care to have to do and even then there’s no guarantee that it will prevent the seepage.

  2. cmblake6 says:

    Box up some of that and send it to NM.

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