It’s Rainin’ All the Time

We had buckets of rain yesterday. And by “buckets of rain” I mean “a downpour of Biblical proportions”. I’ve got a river of red Georgia clay in my backyard and some wet drywall in my bedroom from a leaking window we “fixed” a few months ago. Our damage is nothing serious, certainly nothing like some of our neighbors and relatives experienced. I’ve never been so happy that we don’t have a basement. It seems like everyone we know who has one is going to spend today scooping water out of it.

So Georgia’s cleaning up from the mess of mudslides, sinkholes, and floodwaters. (Oh my.) And we’re not out of the woods yet. We’ve got more rain on the way, though the weather prognosticators are predicting that it won’t be anything like what we’ve already experienced. Here’s hoping. The little bit of rain we’re expecting won’t create the drastic problems we experienced yesterday, but it is going to make the cleanup all the more difficult. I’ve got a fan on my damp drywall, but it’s not going to dry until it dries up outside.

We’ll probably see more sinkholes, particularly inside I-285. If you’re in the flood area, keep a look out for anything different around storm water structures (inlets, manholes, etc), particularly if they were submerged at some point.

Our storm water systems were stressed yesterday and I imagine that the pipes were under pressure. They’re simply not designed for that. Putting those pipes under pressure creates a prime condition to create sinkholes around structural connections. Inside I-285, most sinkholes are created by failed storm water system structural connections. Most of those failures are from age, so when pressure is added to an aged system that wasn’t designed for pressure, it’s only to be expected that we’ll see more sinkholes than usual in the next year.

So keep a look out around storm water system structures. Sinkholes generally aren’t created overnight. They can take months, even years to fully develop.

[The post title is from Lena Horne’s incomparable Stormy Weather.]

Blizzard Blog 2009

Looks like our little pre-Spring is over. Today we had snow showers.

My father braved the wilds of  Wal-Mart this afternoon. And yes, people were grabbing all the water, milk, bread, and toilet paper they could handle. If it weren’t Sunday, they’d have grabbed all the beer, too.

(Georgia is dry on Sundays. I’m fairly sure that includes beer. I could be wrong.)

I would have taken a picture of the winter slush for your winter weather porn pleasure, but I slept through it all. Alas. We’re due to get round 2 of the snow showers tonight, so maybe we’ll get enough to show up on a camera later. We’ll see.

Blizzard Blog 2009

Snow! We have snow!

As usual, you can’t see it in any picture I’ve taken, so no pictures will be posted here. It just looks like the picture is pixilated. And also as usual, the snow melts long before it hits the ground. So I guess I should call it “flurries” instead of  “snow.”

Still, it’s snowing!

LATER: What is it about snow that makes me feel like a 10 year old?

LITTLE LATER: No wonder Wal-Mart was crowded this afternoon.

LITTLE MORE LATER: I expect all the local grocery stores to be sold out of water, milk, bread, toilet paper and beer soon. I await school closing information.