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My Flood Experience... hoping you don't need to use it.

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Several years ago, the area I lived in received 17 inches of rain in 24 hours and the knee deep trout stream near my house turned into a monster. We were woken by my golden retriever in the middle of the night as trees crashed down around us. We had made no preparations. I heard the roar of a waterfall as it cascaded into my basement. First I hurriedly ran all our camping gear upstairs (cook stove, lantern, etc.), then valuables were cleared from the first floor. After just 20 minutes it became eerily quiet... the basement was full... no more roar of water. I was about out of time. Anything remaining on the first floor was stacked on countertops and tables. Next, I ran outside and tied up the boat, it was already floating away, and we might need it to escape later. I wore a rock climbing harness to do this safely in the waist deep moving water. After the flood there was mud everywhere. The remnants of an old deck was left in my yard by the flood. I salvaged the old decking and used it to make a temporary side walk to keep us out of the mud as we cleaned up. I got old fire hose the fire department had culled out for free and screwed it to the boards... so in my case we really could roll up the sidewalk at night. I later made several more of these walkways, using pallet grade white oak. This was published as a tip for staying clean at muddy construction sites, but it was inspired by disaster: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/tips/roll-up-boardwalk.aspx?nterms=62092
  • my flood experience hoping you don t need to use it, curb appeal, pallet, woodworking projects
  • my flood experience hoping you don t need to use it, curb appeal, pallet, woodworking projects
  • my flood experience hoping you don t need to use it, curb appeal, pallet, woodworking projects
  • my flood experience hoping you don t need to use it, curb appeal, pallet, woodworking projects
  • my flood experience hoping you don t need to use it, curb appeal, pallet, woodworking projects
  • my flood experience hoping you don t need to use it, curb appeal, pallet, woodworking projects
  • Darlene Hardesty
    Darlene Hardesty London, TX

    I live in Texas on a river and have been flooded in since last Wed. I need this so bad so I'm going to my pallet stack and bring them up on the porch tomorrow and make one. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Sharon
    Sharon Canada

    Thanks for this GREAT idea. Our campsite is presently flooded, probably from leaky water lines ??? all of this makes for a very marshy like lot, soooo I'm going to make a few of these to roll out and make for a bit better camping experience.. Thanks

  • Kala Professional Restoration services

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  • Denise
    Denise Mobile, AL

    Necessity is the Mother of Invention. Sorry about your flooding. We get those rains down here, too,

  • Patty Bousquet Parsons Caswell

    This is wonderful for me as my side yard floods each spring. Also I have a very rocky area near the boat dock that this would be perfect to cover - and it is not permanent so it won't break any no permanent installation rules.

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