'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

29 July 2013

Flash Flood

First an update on the California house. We got a great offer on the house late last night. It's for a little more than we asked, As Is, the buyer is already qualified for the offered amount, they put down a large good faith payment, the lender is a good one our agent likes and it's a 30 day escrow as opposed to 45. Lu and I talked it over with our agent and have decided to accept it. The paperwork begins today and man there is a bunch of it to do. We signed the offer sheet (all 8 pages!) and fired it off. With a bit of luck escrow will close at the end of August. Lu and I are ecstatic. We have been truly blessed. The power of prayer is strong. Thank you all for yours!

A couple of days ago the skies started looking pretty ominous and we got the Emergency Broadcast interruption on the TV. Within about an hour it looked like this outside.

It rained like that for a couple of hours. As it died down we decided to walk the neighborhood and take a look at Gould Wash which is just half a block from the house. It's normally a dry wash but it was pretty full of swiftly rushing muddy water.

Around the block there's another bridge over the wash. Next to it was a huge old cottonwood tree that decided it was time to come crashing down.

Another view of the flood from that same bridge. That's a lot of water.

Fortunately it didn't crest it's banks so flooding was kept to a minimum. It has before. A few years ago it was bad enough to flood our basement. We went back the next day to check and the water was mostly gone. If you take a look you can see the high water mark. I figure it was about 6 feet deep at it's highest.

A neighbor captured some of it on video. It includes that big tree that crashed.

We had some more rain and lightning yesterday and the forecast is a little uncertain to my mind. We shall see. In the meantime Lu and I are celebrating the pending sale of the California house. If it does go through I can get back to working on this house for a bit. It's been a while since we were down to a single house. I cannot wait. It will simplify our lives immensely and in these days that is a very good thing.


Rev. Paul said...

That is VERY good news - God is faithful!

Six said...

Amen Rev.!!

Brighid said...

We used to get the occassional gullywasher on the home ranch. Learned pretty quick to get to high ground when you heard that roar, even if it was dry where you were.
YeeHaw & Congrats on the House selling! No one deserves this more.

OldAFSarge said...

Glad to hear you guys are okay!

Monkeywrangler said...

Wow! an offer already? That's super! Now if we could get an offer on my MIL's place...but it's in rural MO, and that is not a 'hot' market...

The DO said...

The kids are suitable impressed by the level of the water. That it would have been over your head caused many a "whoa!" to be uttered:)

NavyOne said...

That is great news. Am I reading it correctly that your video of the rain was shot in Hurricane, Utah? Great name. . .

Old NFO said...

Congrats! And DO pay attention to the flood warnings... Those who don't normally 'see' those things tend to disregard them. Water is NOT compressible and it WILL win over anything else!

Six said...

Thanks Brighid! That's good advice right there.

Thanks Sarge!

I think it may be temporary where our house is MW but we'll take it. The listing now says "SOLD" so we're at least reasonably confident if still with fingers crossed. We;ll keep a good thought for your MIL!

That's just because they're still shorter than I am DO. In a couple of years it'll be "Yeah. And?" :)

Thanks Navy. Yep, Hurricane, Utah. It does get a mite windy in these parts :)

Thanks NFO. Absolutely. That water is the proverbial unstoppable force!