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Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Well, almost not a drop.

With the flooding conditions of the area (eastern CT) and RI got hit even harder in some places I was not surprised when I got to the library and the basement was flooded. Especially since the basement had flooded just a few weeks ago when the ground was frozen and water had no place else to go but into the library basement. At that time I moved most of the stuff into plastic bins or onto shelves off the floor. Most but not all. There were a few that I missed. Darn.

The stairs are ultra slippery from all the steps made for the crew that came in and bailed out the library basement before I got to the library. These pictures are the after pictures. I called the local volunteer fire department, and before I had the chance to post on FB that they were on their way, they were at the library. Go Volunteer Fire Men - You Rock. Only thing is, they could not get out the 3 inches of water or so. We either need a shop vac, or a submersible pump. (Note to self: suggest at board meeting that the library installs a sump pump in the basement).

One thing I am ultra grateful for is that the Friends of the Library held their book sale last week! All the books that were on these shelves in the basement were taken out and put in the sale. What didn't sell at the sale was picked up by a company that paid the Friends for the books just this past Monday, two days ago! If all the books had been in the basement, it would have been very disastrous. As it is, it is not as bad as it could have been. Now, we just have to get the water out before mold sets in. Unfortunately, it is really only a matter of hours before that happens, and I could feel the effects of it already in the air quality at the library as I had another asthma attack while I was there, and had to take allergy meds as well. At least we were not drowning in water though.
What is left in the basement? Computer server, story time and summer reading supplies and prizes, and library archive. Ugh.

With all the hectic craziness of dealing with How do I get to work? and What do I do with all the water? I pretty much forgot to drink my water during the day. Or, at least not as much. I have finally gotten in all my 8 glasses of water since I arrived home this evening, but not all at one time. Now, I have to fit in some fitness to help me relax, as I am tight with anxiety from the situation.

Funny thing is the theme for this summer's reading program: Make Waves @ your library!
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    So sorry to hear this! Floods are bad. My sister is a Methodist minister in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they had the terrible flooding a year and a half ago. Their basement was completely full and they had 6 feet of water in the first floor. Had to gut the building. But it has turned out well. They completely redesigned the church to make it up-to-date and usable for the 21st century! Be careful of the mold! Thank God it's not July!

    Re: drinking most of your water after work---hope you don't have to get up in the night too many times! emoticon
    3396 days ago
    I'm so sorry this happened to you! Sounds like you are handling it as well as possible - especially getting some exercise in. It's so important to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others!
    3396 days ago
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