Elizabeth City Flooding

September 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm 10 comments

First off– I do apologize for my sporadic blogging. I have a series of work deadlines to hit in October and they are keeping me pretty busy. But I do have time for a quick post. This morning, our little neighborhood woke up to flooding. Ryan and I took some pictures.

No Yard
Our entire yard was underwater this morning.

Elizabeth City - Flood - Stuck Car and House (by Ryan Somma)
Front Yard (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Elizabeth City - Flood - Hunter and Tuscarora (by Ryan Somma)
Side Yard (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Elizabeth City - Flood - House from Dawson (by Ryan Somma)
View From Dawson (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Elizabeth City - Flood - Backyard (by Ryan Somma)
Back Yard (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Stuck Car
Unfortunately, a family from Morgan Street discovered their car couldn’t quite handle the high waters. Their vehicle died right in front of our house. Knowing that more rain is on the way, the family came back and pushed their car to drier grounds.

Elizabeth City - Flood - Stuck Car from Porch (by Ryan Somma)
(Photo by Ryan Somma)

Elizabeth City - Flood - Family Retrieves Car

Elizabeth City - Flood - Family Getting Car

Elizabeth City - Flood - Pushing Car

Elizabeth City - Flood - Family Pushes Car

American Chestnuts
I tried not to worry about the Tropical Storm and the American Chestnuts, I really did. But, remembering the two chestnuts I overwatered in June, I just couldn’t quite relax enough to fall asleep last night. Finally I succumbed to my worries (neurosises?) and brought them all in. Like with Hurricane Earl, the chestnuts are spending the storm inside. This time, however, it is a lot more claustrophobic! The chestnuts have grown since the last time they were refuges in the living room.

Elizabeth City - Flood - Wet Jimmie with Chestnuts
Jimmie on Couch. The trees in the background are American Chestnuts on the Floor

Operation So-They-May-Dump-in-Peace
Oh those dogs. They just don’t know what to do when our whole yard is covered in water. At first Ryan tried to entice them to wade through the water to dry, dump-able, land. But they would have none of that.

Elizabeth City - Flood - Ryan Tries to Convince Jimmie to Wade
Uh…. No.

Next up, we decided maybe if we left them on the deck long enough, they would relieve themselves there out of desperation. Alas, the dogs found it beneath their dignity to go to the bathroom there. This irks me.  The dogs have proven on more than one occasion that they are not above going to the bathroom INSIDE the house.  But the deck? No way!  Ryan was already wading taking pictures, so I decided to carry the dogs to dry ground.

Elizabeth City - Flood - So the Dogs May Poop in Peace (by Ryan Somma)
Me (the tiny person in green) Carrying Henry to Dry Ground (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Elizabeth City - Flood - Vicky Carries Henry Back to Porch (by Ryan Somma)
Returning Henry (With Empty Bladdar and Bowels) to the Deck (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Elizabeth City - Flood - Vicky Carries Jimmie to Dry Land (By Ryan Somma)
Carrying Jimmie to Dump-Worthy Grounds (Photo by Ryan Somma)

They did their business and all was well.

Ryan the Hard Worker
Ryan wasn’t deterred by the lack of yard. He rolled up his pants, secured his laptop bag and waded to work!

Elizabeth City - Flood - Ryan Heads to Work
Ryan Wades Across the Yard

Elizabeth City - Flood - Ryan Wades to Work
Ryan Wades to Work

More photos of today’s flooding can be found on my Flickr site.

Stay dry everyone!

Entry filed under: Dog Crap, Elizabeth City, Flood.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carolyn  |  September 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    LOL @ dump-able grounds… That’s funny that they won’t go on the deck. You shouldn’t bow down to them.

  • 2. gasstationdave  |  September 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Good heavens Vicky!

  • 3. Stacy  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Did you break out the kayaks?

  • 4. Sour Swinger  |  October 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Holy crap! Has the inside of your house sustained any damage?

  • 5. Rocket Man  |  October 4, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Haven’t been in Elizabeth City since I married my first wife while home on leave in December ’72. If I knew then what I know now….

    Hope y’all dried out okay. My mom still lives in Virginia Beach and said they had a little flooding but nothing compared to what you got.

  • 6. geekhiker  |  October 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Just not the kinda thing you see here in Southern California…

    Although, exactly one week after record breaking 113+ degree heat in downtown L.A., today is cool and… raining.

  • 7. Anne  |  October 6, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Poor school bus!

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  • 10. tgaw  |  October 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    @Rocketman – Our yard is dry now, but the street in front of our house is still underwater. No where near as deep though.

    @Stacy – Actually– the kayaks tried to go on an outing by themselves! After that, we had to move them to our porch.

    @Anne – I thought that picture might draw your attention! 🙂

    @geekhiker – 113?!?!? Yikes!

    @Sour Swinger – No damage inside. I think the highest the water got was the third step (out of five) on our front porch, so no water made it inside the house.

    @Carolyn and @Dave – Thanks! 🙂


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