in which a storm reaches our basement. through the toilet.

Our basement. Last night.

Looks like some Stephen King floating around.

That wood was once a piece of floorboard. Now a raft.

Toilet opening and shutting itself.

Last night more than a foot of water and sewage came gushing through the basement toilet. The basement is Allan's office. And I was useless with my broken foot. And the basement was completely dark from a power outage.

After our first flood in 2009, our landlord put in a completely new basement and washroom. That mess was trifling compared to this.

Today Allan has been moving all his books to the spare bedroom on the second floor - a lot of books up a lot of stairs - as they were beginning to warp from the damp.

Insurance claims have been filed all around. Who knows when clean-up crews will arrive.

We are not alone! Check out these amazing pics of the flooded Greater Toronto Area. And naturally this pales compared to Alberta. But please spare me the one-upmanship. It all sucks.


allan said...

... water and sewage came gushing through the basement toilet ... the basement was completely dark from power outage.

Not being able to see the water was probably good since I was splashing around down there moving stuff to higher ground for about an hour or so. ... It drained away last night, leaving a big, soggy mess.

Kirby Evans said...

With these "once in a century" floods coming every few years I think home builders really need to rethink the whole notion of basements. In England, where needless to say, it is damp all the time, most houses don't even bother with basements. We moved into our house about ten years ago and I didn't have the time or money to build a developed basement. If I had, it would have been flooded four or five times by now. I am lucky I never did it.

laura k said...

Of course in heavily wet areas - like south Louisiana, where the land is reclaimed swamp - no one has a basement. Even burials are above ground.

But in our area, if we didn't have a basement, our first floor would have flooded. All our books, music, and furniture would have been lost.

A flooded basement sucks, but it's better than a flooded house.

Holly Stick said...

You may need to disinfect more stuff than you realize; there's advice here: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Going+home+What+might+have+forgotten+amid+shock+evacuation/8591320/story.html

I don't know if the stuff about contaminated air applies to an overnight flood or more for a longer flood.

and much more here: http://www.calgaryheritage.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=3758#p3758

laura k said...

Thanks for the info, Holly. I don't think we'll be disinfecting anything. I'll leave that to the professionals.

There were some clothes near the washing machine, but two rounds on hot water (before we lost the hot water...) should take care of that.

EssieAsh said...

Oh no! This is the last thing Allan needed right now (that either of you needed, really). I'm so sorry!

laura k said...

Thanks. :/ Way worse for A than me. Boo.

karen said...

Oh no! Oh! How awful. I hope nothing is ruined. I am sorry this has happened to you.

deang said...

So horrible! And I assume it stank of sewage, too?

laura k said...

Strangely, it didn't smell while it was erupting. The smell now is horrendous, but no one should be down there without a hazmat mask at this point.

Allan is still bringing stuff upstairs. I forced him to wear a painter's mask (all we have) and rubber gloves.

Still no hot water.

impudent strumpet said...

Oh, ewww, what a yucky mess, and this after you've already had a flood too! I hope your recovery goes as smoothly as these things can.

laura k said...


Thursday morning. Still no hot water.