Anyway, tonight's thunderstorms looked pretty bad. The first wave of very heavy rain made water come up the driveway, somehow causing an oily smell in the air (probably illegally dumped during the dry spell), then it receded pretty quickly. I went outside and everything looked pretty normal. But while trying to get Sebastian ready for bed, I heard the rain, looked out the window, and noticed that most of front yard was under water. Sure enough, the water got up the basement window again -- but this time I had rubber gloves and two tubes of Lexel handy ! That slowed the leak down pretty well; then I found the glass outer part of the basement window screen and popped that in after bailing out the window well. Next time it's sandbags, or maybe a higher well guard. When I stepped to the end of the driveway, the water was up to my calves (probably about 10" or so).
Then I sloshed over to where some of my neighbors were commiserating, talking about the town's plans for fixing one of the big storm drains around here, although just removing the debris from the drains that work would really help. For example, I learned that our dear town of Arlington bought itself its only catch basin cleaner two weeks ago and had just started using it. It was actually kind of pleasant standing around the rain (gentle and warm by this time) with some in common to talk about. (Certainly better than when it's March !)
- It's probably going to happen again.
- Buy more Lexel.
- If it's not too bad, it does have some value as an exercise in building neighborhood solidarity.