I am flooded General Chat

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  1. Malka

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    I am flooded

    Both outside and inside. Heavy storms, rain, thunder - more rain and yet more rain. My patio is flooded up to within a couple of centimetres from coming in under the door [it is already nearly over the low doorstep] because the gap which drains it is blocked with mud [I knew the drainage ditch alongside the wall of the bungalow from the gap to the back was not dug properly when the yards were cleared last time]. Because the bungalow is set low down rain pours down from the pavement so it is not just the rain on the patio - also we do not have gutters and down pipes so it spews off the roof. The ground at the back is lower so water runs off. And the sewers cannot cope so dirty water has come up from the shower drain in the shower/loo room so that room is flooded, and no water will go down the hand-basin in the hallway outside that room, or in the kitchen sink.

    But, as the bungalow is on [slightly] sloping ground, the ensuite is OK for the loo and hand-basin. There is no hot water so no shower so one less thing to worry about and all three drain down into a different sewage system so should be OK - the land at the back being that much lower and more sloping downwards so a better run-off. As I have no outside lights at the back I cannot see if there is any standing water there - the nearest lights being from the main N/S road way way past the agricultural fields.

    I moved into this bungalow on 22 November 2000 and that winter the whole bungalow was flooded up to within 10cm of my bedroom doorway, the only room which had escaped - and I had to wade through the whole place to get to my bedroom or from there to the loo [I only had the ensuite built only a few years ago]. I also only had Lexi who was little and easy to carry. After that, all the sewers were replaced, yet here we are again, 18 years later, and again they cannot cope. Tikva wanted to go out for a pee about half an hour ago - and ended up in muddy yucky water nearly up to her shoulders, and could not get back in quick enough. There is a puppy pad in the salon which she will poo on if necessary, but she will not pee on it. So if she cannot get out to pee she will go through to the back room as far as her tether will let her, and pee on the floor. Nothing that a mop cannot cope with.

    If it does not rain overnight the flooding should slowly go down but the forecast does not look promising. :(
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  3. Chris B

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    Oh Juli. How much more do you have to cope with?

    Keep safe and warm girl. xxx
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    I echo Chris. I really don't know how you cope. I am sooo angry at your so-called social worker.
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    Chris, Carole, I cope with what I have to cope with. I have no choice, do I.

    I feel sorry for people who live lower down than I do - the bungalow I lived in before this one was set down so low without even a low doorstep into it, so every time it rained it came in under the front door. And a couple of times water came up through the shower drain and flooded the back part of the bungalow, although the latter was not due to rain but her next door blocking the drain that served both her place and mine by putting all sorts of stuff down the loo. She was a bit... umm... :rolleyes:

    Anyhow, no sight nor sound of my so-called social worker, not that she could do anything about this latest problem. It is rather cold now so I have layered up as I need to get the filters on the a/c units cleaned before I put any heat on. And I still have not been able to get the duvet on my bed.
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    The flooding in the shower/loo room has drained, leaving about 2cm of semi-solid sandy mud on the floor so I cannot get to the loo unless I want to risk slipping and falling. I have no idea how I am going to get that floor cleaned unless Nir has some bright ideas.

    Outside? Partially drained but the drained areas are thick, liquid mud. Tikki got very muddy when she squatted to pee when I let her out when we surfaced - she was desperate so did not even try to get up to the ramp to look for somewhere to pee... managed to get through the mud to the ramp and looked for somewhere to poo... and down came the rain so she flew back indoors, leaving muddy pawprints all over the carpet and couch. And a poo on the puppy pad.

    Her rope tether was dragged through all the mud and is sodden, so there are now snake-like wet mud marks "decorating" the carpet.

    And it is cold. Very cold. But I am not going to risk putting any of the a/c's on until Nir has checked them, as they have not been on heat setting since last winter.

    Nir is not at home - he and his wife are staying with one of his offspring for Hannuka - but he said he will come on Sunday to see what he can do.
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    Make sure you ask him to get that duvet on the bed for you Juli. You need to keep warm or you'll never heal.

    I feel so bad for what you are going through. I really wish you could get someone to come in and help regularly :(

    xxxxxxx
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    I am too cold to wait until Sunday for Nir to check the a/c units even though I have three layers of clothes on, the first layer being thermals, so I have risked putting on the one in the salon on a very low heat, just to take the chill off the air. I will switch it off soon and put on the one in the bedroom for an hour, also on low heat.
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    Update - Nir hacked out the weeds and mud that were blocking drainage from the patio, and sprayed all over the side and front yards. So the patio is fully drained and the mud is all dried - just a thin layer left which needs sweeping - whenever Nir can get someone who wants a days work. Not Alex, of course.

    The sewers cleared so the floor in the shower/loo room is dry and some of the gunge that was left went as the water on the floor drained, but the layer that is left is not a pretty sight. However, I can get to the loo without slipping - just have to ignore the state of the floor tiles. Nir does not have anything to clean it - he said maybe a steam mop would help as the gunge has set almost like it has been painted on with a very thin layer of cement so even a stiff brush will not shift it.

    He did not have much time - had to check the tap in the kitchen sink as it was leaking - new unit needed which he bought and fitted it on Tuesday. He will come back when he has half an hour free to check the filters in the a/c units - they just lift out and need rinsing, but he said it will be OK to use them until then.

    And the duvet is still on the floor and not on my bed. Do Not Ask.

    My back is as bad as ever and I am stuck indoors as I dare not risk the bumping up and down kerbs etc, nor being banged into at the macolet. But Hai brings over anything I want from there, Avner will get anything I need what the macolet does not have - mainly the packs of mixed diced frozen vegetables for Tikki. And of course Mikhaël delivers her [and my] poultry - 2kg each of turkey neck chunks and chicken wings yesterday evening and I managed to pack the wings this morning. Now being frozen in ThreeBees and will go in Pereg's freezer when done. The neck chunks can wait until tomorrow.

    Social worker? What social worker? No sight of her, nor has she telephoned to see if I am OK. As for finding someone to come in an help...

    But the sun is shining, the sky is a glorious blue, and Tikki is keeping me going, Bless her.
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    I'm glad you're getting sorted Juli.

    You know, I'm sure one of the people that come would be only too happy to lift the duvet off the floor and onto the bed for you. It may not be properly made up, but at least you'd be able to pull it over you xx
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    Slowly slowly Chris - I refuse to give in and I accept that there are many things which I cannot do, just as I accept the fact that I cannot get proper help [although not for the want of trying], if the duvet stays on the floor in its suitcase-like plastic cover, I will just have to do without it for the time being. At least it is not taking up much space.

    At the moment I have three "summer blankets" on the bed - they are ultra-lightweight thin quilted blankets, used without a sheet, and if the worst comes to the worst so I will just go to bed fully dressed! This type of blanket is used in most hospitals now. They are not large enough to tuck in, which is ideal for me as I have never liked that, but duvets are not tucked in either, are they.

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