Chicago Flood


What happens when it rains hard for over 12 hours? If you’ve been watching the news you probably heard about all the flooding that’s happening in Chicago.

It was the storm that just wouldn’t end it seems. The only good thing about the storm was all the lightning and thunder. The bad part was of course the flooding. When Chicago floods, it floods!

7 hours into the rain our backyard had soaked up all the water it could and started to flood. I had gone to bed at 3am but sleep was not to be had. Awoken at 5:30am by a jab to the side by a dog toe nail I decided to get up and check on the situation since it was till raining.

Backyard Flood

Where’s my floaties!

We had pumps going all through the night to bring water from the back out to the street but it was not enough. There was now 8″ of standing water in our backyard that spread throughout the majority of the all the backyards. Going back to bed was not an option.

The water was inching closer and closer to the house by the hour slowly just threatening to ruin my day.

It was still raining buckets of water going on 12 hours and according to the weather map, didn’t look like it was going to let up any time soon. With the water in the backyard licking the back of our house I didn’t see good things in our future.

At this point Barry was on his way to Home depot to see if they had any more pumps and to grab some pipes for a nearby friend whose basement hadn’t fared so well with the rains. Obviously there were no pumps to be had. However as any opportunist scum-bag always jumps at the chance to take money from people in need, there was a guy in the Home Depot parking lot selling $80 sump pumps out of the back of his van for $300. There’s a special place in hell for people like him. Barry called the police and I hope he got some hefty fines.

Thankfully several hours later and not a moment too soon the rain tapered off and crisis was averted. A good number of our neighbors and surrounding areas weren’t so lucky. Not sure how we were spared but I’m glad we were. I’ve had enough flooded basements to last me a lifetime thank you very much.

Oddly enough, as I am writing this it is snowing outside. What?! April is supposed to bring rain showers (got that) not snow showers. Chicago has some strange strange weather.

Were you in the path of this unrelenting storm? How did you fare?


2 comments for “Chicago Flood

  1. Monique J
    20 April, 2013 at 6:19 am

    May I suggest a pool pump for future? Or a pond pump from Harbor Freight? Not too expensive, not super powerful (pond pump from HF) but can usually pump from 1/2″ deep water. I bought one for my Brother in Law when we had some epic flooding. I luckily had received pump purchased at a yard sale many years ago that runs like a champ. Also, a small pool/pond pump is very useful if your top load washing machine ever gives up the ghost with a tub full of water.

  2. Joe
    20 April, 2013 at 11:57 am

    We actually had two pond pumps going. The problem was we weren’t just emptying our yard but the surrounding yards as well.

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