I woke up this morning and looked at my phone (to check the time because I could the hear the kids up and moving…..at 6:50am….it’s Saturday #learntosleepin) and there was my Timehop from 5 years ago.
This is what it said…
new words/phrases learned by my kids in the past 24 hours: dehumidifier, sump pump, shop vac, weeping tile, plan of action, indoor basement swimming pool
It was 2011. That Spring. The one where it was very wet, and flooding our basement, washing out roads, farm land and cities around us. The one where I was a very 8 months pregnant.
It was not a fun spring. It was scary. We’ve had wet springs before- but this one was different. When you are at the mercy of the weather and the rain and the water just keeps coming it can be very, very stressful (ESPECIALLY for a very pregnant farm wife)
Fortunately we were somewhat prepared – we had a dehumidifier, sump pump,shop vac and a generator ready to go. But nothing prepares you for the phone call from your husband when he says ” I think you should go to your moms for a while, the road is washing out and you need to get to the highway”. There I was packing for two preschoolers, myself, the hospital bag and making sure I had everything upstairs that needed to be – to save it from the unplanned indoor swimming pool in the basement. Add on the extra worry that if the baby decided to come early – that maybe my husband wouldn’t be at the birth (total hormonal break down).
I remember driving down our road, and knowing that the water was going over the road heading east that I would go west and curve back around to the highway. Turned west drove one mile – found a lake on the road. Awesome. This was the conversation that followed:
Kid #1 – where did the road go?
Kid #2 – Can we go swimming in that?
Preggo Momma- The road is under all that water, and no we are not swimming in it.
Kid #1 – why are we turning around?
Kid #2 – Why can’t we go swimming?
Preggo Momma – Well, we need to get to the highway and we can’t drive through a lake so we are turning around, and no we are not swimming because we don’t swim in flood waters in April.
Kid #2 – Can we go swimming in Brandon?
Kid #1 – If we make it to Brandon.
Preggo Mamma – We will make it to Brandon and no we are not swimming today at all.
It turned out fine and we got to my mom’s and stayed for a couple of days while the spring runoff went through. Kid#3 wasn’t born for a while (ended up being 2 weeks late) and my husband was there for the birth.
It was, however, a wake up call. We live in the middle of the prairies. If the roads had fully washed out on both sides of our lane we would’ve been stranded. In Winter we can get snowstorms that can knock the hydro out for days and dump enough snow that we can’t go anywhere. Did I have the necessities needed for our family to survive? Or would we have been up the creek with out a paddle (literally and figuratively)? So I now have a Emergency Supply List of things we should have in case of an emergency. Some people call it being paranoid – I call it being prepared. Top of the list is of course food and water (enough for 72 hours) and a first aid kit. But now we are so dependent on our cell phones but with no electricity there is no charging them! So I purchased a wind up radio/usb port/flashlight from Amazon. It covers all the bases and also allows you to stay connected to the outside world! Here’s the link to my Pinterest Board Life Skills for Extreme Emergencies – I know the title is a little melodramatic but it has some great ideas and instructions on what to have in your emergency kit and how to be prepared if you ever are in an extreme emergency.
When my husband and his farmer friends become old and have coffee at the diner in town – they will talk and reminisce about the spring of 2011. Even now when spring comes around we compare the amount of water in the spring run-off to 2011. We are older, wiser (well that might be pushing it 😉 ) and more prepared because of 2011. So here’s to 2016 – which at the moment is looking like the driest spring we will have experienced yet