Thursday night was very much a blur. A big storm was coming while we were settling in for the night. Adam showered, Lily bathed, story time started while I ran to get my own shower. The power went out when I was in the shower and the trees were swinging around our house, as usual. I can’t even count the number of times we have seen the entire yard swaying in a dizzying fashion. Our house is nestled into a hill surrounded by dozens of 75+ foot tall trees.
But this night was different and I head a very loud crash and saw greenery suddenly appear in our bedroom window. I honestly thought it was one of our leyland cypress trees falling onto the house. I ran to get Adam and Lily out of her room and downstairs in case anything else happened.
Adam quickly realized water was pouring into our bedroom and we went crazy gathering every pot, bucket and bowl to catch the water. I think we used all of our towels, too, including those from our guest bath area.
We started removing all the furnishing to keep them safe from water damage.
After a night at a hotel, we went back to start the cleanup process. Step one – tree removal! We were quoted $18,000 and 6 man hours. I’ll let the insurance company debate with the tree guys over that bill since they were the ones that recommended them.
They managed to get a truck with a crane down our narrow road and driveway to remove the 75 foot oak tree stump.
It looked better with the tree on! We are drying the house out and waiting for construction to start on the walls and roof.
I may have shed a few tears over the floor. The teak flooring project was one of my proudest DIY project to date. I thought we had saved it with all the pots and pans we used, but the restoration company said the floors had to go. I know I shouldn’t be so silly about it, but this picture still makes me want to cry! My beautiful wood floors, torn up and gone.
I had Adam save a few pieces for a project. What an eventful weekend! Luckily no one was hurt and we are working to rebuild quickly. Fingers crossed for a quick recovery!