Last Thursday we received about 7-8 inches of rain in a very short amount of time. Lots of flooding happened around SF - much of it not too far from our house. The girls had a 2 hour late start on Friday morning, and even after the late start, we still had to drive through a large (and deep) amount of water in the parking lot at school.
These are some pictures that were taken (not by me in) in SF. Most of them were just a couple of miles from our house.
This was at the intersection where our fitness center is and the Hy-Vee store that we shop at all the time.
This was the mall parking lot. Many of the stores had water in them and were closed on Friday.
I made it through the school parking lot easily on Friday morning through the water, but unfortunately when I had to go back through it on Friday afternoon, it caused a number of warning lights to turn on in the van. UGH! We took it right to our dealer after that happened. They thought the water just triggered the lights to go off, and that eventually the lights would go off on their own. They did go off, but unfortunately after a couple of days of being off, the lights are now back on.
We took the kids to Falls Park on Friday night. The Falls had been really crazy earlier in the day. Justin's office overlooks the falls and is a short walk away, so he went earlier that morning.
The falls weren't quite as flooded when we took the kids that evening, but it was still fun to see. The area that we are standing on in this picture is not normally wet at all ... it's usually many feet below this cliff area. It had been covered before we were there.
Love these silly kids!
We are so thankful our house stayed dry, our sump pump worked (I think I checked our basement about every ten minutes until 1 AM) and our electricity stayed on so the pump could continue to work ... Jordyn's teacher lives in a new house just two blocks from us, and their basement flooded pretty bad. We took cookies over to her on Friday night, and they showed us how high the water had been in their back yard (about 3-4 feet). They have lived in the new house a very short time. They had their dry wall and carpet ripped out when we stopped over. We felt so bad for them.
Our mayor called this a "hundred year storm." I think it's time to rename those - we've had 3 "hundred year storms" in the 7 years that we have lived in SF!