Sunday, June 13, 2010

We are Nashville

Who needs floors?

Once the walls were out and the crew went home it was time to start ripping out the floors. It was important to get air moving under the house so the wood could dry out and mold wouldn't start growing. Once the carpet was out we learned that some of the floor was rotten any way and needed to be replaced.When we were ripping out the old drywall and flooring we found that at some point the floor had started to rot in the utility closet that holds the washer and dryer. Instead of fixing it the previous owners cut a patch for it out of 1" plywood and just scabbed that over the top of the damage allowing it to stay out of sight and rot to its hearts content. The floor had actually sagged almost 2" and Amy had to cut out all the damage and jack up the floor with a bottle jack. Then we made some temporary braces for it out of blocks. We will make some more permanent ones later when the rest of the house work is done.

Bust somthing!

Once we had gone through all our stuff and tossed out the trash and the carpet and the waterlogged furniture it was time to start ripping the drywall and insulation out. We have a huge volunteer crew show up for this job.

Tent City.

One of our neighbors that didn't get flooded let us use a tent and some sleeping bags for a few nights while we waited for the water to go back down. We were glad to have them but sleeping on hard, un-level ground ain't no fun at all.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Today I'm tired

Man, I'm dead tired... Yesterday our stuff came back from FedEx. I had to clear a spot in the shop for it all and then load it. When we loaded all this stuff we were in a hurry so some things that were not worth saving got loaded along with good stuff. There are a lot of things that are questionable as well like my unfinished pine desk. I love that thing but it's not too stable right now and there is some mold growing on it. We'll see what some glue, clamps and bleach do for it.

Playing Catchup...

Once the water retreated from the house I started ripping out carpet and tossing out wet furniture. The roads were still flooded and people still couldn't get in to help but I had to work on fixing this mess.

Week one of the flood

This was originally written and posted on the MIMF on May 7th after sleeping in the back yard for 4 days. Click here to read the original thread.

I'm a proud man and I don't like to ask for help. Lucky for me, I have the MIMF and I don't have to ask for help. It's just there...

We have a collection of dramatic stories from the last 7 days. I'll try to fill you guys in sometime later. For now I'll tell you that the flooding rains didn't actually get us. It was the closing of the dam that caused the water in Pond Creek to stop flowing into the Cumberland River. I woke up at 6AM on Monday May 3rd thinking we had beaten the flood only to find water at my front doorjamb. I yelled at Alicia to get dressed and get ready to go. Alicia has CP and moving fast is not her strong point. I took her computer and my guitars and tossed them into the attic then I dashed out the back door and tossed open my backyard fence gates. The water was already a foot deep in the back door of the house. I ran to my little Toyota truck and drove it around to butt the drivers door up to the back door of the house and told Alica to crawl in. As soon as she was in I tossed the dogs in the back and took off up the hill that is our backyard. I made it out of the water but sank the truck in the mud. From there we walked to the back fence. By 6:10AM water was running across the floor. I ran back to the house to kill the main on the breaker box.

The days since have consisted of hiking about a half mile through the woods to get water and dog food from my neighbors who instantly got into motion seeing that everyone had food and drink, watching TSA and National Guard choppers come and go and wading into the house to rescue things and check on damage.

By noon May 6th the water was down to just past the floor of the house so I went in and started taking pictures of the damage and then started pulling carpet and wet furniture. We had 15" of water in the house standing for a day and a half. Last night I ran a drop cord from my neighbors Nicks house. The water didn't get in his place. We used it to power up an old laptop with a Sprint Air Card to get Alicia on line to let folks know we are bent but not broken.

Four houses up the houses were flooded up to the roof. We are very lucky. I have been told to cut out all the dry wall at the 4' mark and replace it. I'm also told that I need to remove all the plywood flooring sheeting and spray the floor joists with bleach.

This morning I unplugged everything in the house and turned the power back on to everything accept the AC unit. I'll try it tomorrow. My folks trucked in this afternoon with some bleach and some big barn fans that I have set up pulling air through the house. They helped me unstick the Toyota. I got the carpet out of all but two rooms. I'll get those tomorrow then start pulling drywall. The Olds 88 was totally sunk. I suspect it's totaled. I'll drain and replace the fluids in it tomorrow and see if it will start.

Right now I'm trying to come up with a game plan. I'm not sure what I need to do or how to go about it but I'm damn sure going to fix this. The insurance man is coming from Connecticut to see if anything is covered. I'm not in a flood plane so I don't have flood insurance. A stupid mistake that I will correct tomorrow.

We are staying here at the house while we tackle this mother for a number of reasons.

I want to thank you guys for the help and support.

I'm trashed right now so I'm going to crash. Sunburnt and peeling and sore and smelly. I'll try to check back in tomorrow and update you guys.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thank you all!

Until we get things up and running again I plan to use this Blog to document our flood rebuild.

I'll be posting some updates here to let everyone keep up with us as I can. I have a topic running over at the MIMF that has been pretty extensive but I want to post here as well. Click HERE to read it.

I want to thank those who have helped out already. There is a lot to be done here and it's a bit dizzying to know where to start. My wife Alicia and I are staying here at the house while we rebuild. I'll post a few pictures later to better illustrate what the damage has been.

I want to thank you all. We have gotten donations from The MIMF and Six String Bliss that will go a long way to help us rebuild.

I'll try to keep everyone updated. And again... THANK YOU!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tennessee Flood

Well, If you're wondering where I have been lately this should explain a lot. That's the Searcy String Works shop and my house and my car. We were sunk in the Tennessee floods of May 1st. Last month at about this time Alicia and I were living in a tent in out back yard with 15" of water in our house and shop, a sunk car and roads that could not be used with out a boat.
The damage is extensive and because we don't live in a floor zone we have no flood insurance.

We have already started the rebuild process with volunteer help, a small FEMA grant and donations from friends and strangers alike. It will take most of the summer to get things back to normal but we are coming back!