September 8, 2004

Frances Hits Greenpoint

POST #    1266

Now, I've had a "minor" leakage problem in my basement when it rains heavily, but this morning it was much more than minor. The remnants of Hurricane Frances hit my building and hit it hard. I woke up at 6:30 and heard that it was raining hard, so I laid down some towels in my basement. Then I hear a crashing noise and the sound of water in the building hallway. It seems as though the building was leaking as well.

After a little investigation (walking up the stairs), it was discovered that the water was pouring in from the roof. Apparently, there was so much water that the drain on the roof was overloaded and not draining properly. All in all, about 8-12 inches of water had accumulated. The building super fixed the problem, but the damage was done. Water was all over my side of the building and down the hallways. Obviously not a good thing.

Because the drain on the roof was now clear and gallons upon gallons of water were now flowing down the drain, my basement was quickly becoming flooded. A combination of water coming out of the shower and toilet (clean water from the roof, thankfully) and water coming in from my "minor" leak resulted in about an inch of water in one corner of my basement. This combined with water infiltration on the ceilings and walls of my first floor make for one huge pain in the ass. I wonder if there's any chance Pataki declares a state of emergency or FEMA comes to my assistance.

During this, I slipped more than once, falling once and breaking my cell phone in the process. Now I need to find the charger for my old phone. What a freaking pain. At least I'm not seriously injured.

Posted by tien mao in House and Home at 9:39 AM



oh man, that sucks. it took me 2 1/2 hours to get to work this morning because all the uptown tracks were flooded. hope you arent too wounded. if you need help with the aftermath cleanup, let me know.

Posted by: christina at September 8, 2004 11:03 AM

Hi, I lost two tree, half the green house and had no power for two days thanks to Hurricane Frances so I know some of what you are going through. I can't believe the track Hurricane Ivan is taking.

Posted by: BunnyFace at September 8, 2004 11:28 PM

thanks for the offer christina. hopefully there won't be a bigger mess tonight.

bunny, where do you live that all that happened to your home? florida?

Posted by: tien at September 9, 2004 12:02 AM

dang, that sucks. We went through a hurricane last year, not fun. Try to keep dry and watch out for mold.

Posted by: CJ at September 9, 2004 5:11 PM

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