Wednesday, March 9, 2011

At 2:00 a.m. I HEARD HARPS....

.....harps because that is the ring tone I selected for Nicole's phone. One never wants to hear their phone ring at 2:00 a.m. Sleepily I answered "Hello" and on her end she said "Mom, we are being evacuated" "The Firemen and Police are here and our house is flooded."(They live on a river) "OMG come here." "OK". Her kitchen had about a foot of water in it and there was no stopping it. I put the outside lights on and waited and waited but they never showed up. Then I got another phone call from Nicole telling me that our street was flooded and the water was running directly into her yard, house. She lives right at the end of our street directly across from it. They were not going to let her chance coming here. She, Manny and the girls had to sleep in the Firehouse all night where they set up cots for them. Can I just say right now how WONDERFUL the Woodbury Firemen are!!!!!!!! All of the streets that lead to our street were blocked off because they all have bridges that run over the river.
 They were able to come here after the water started to recede.
Thankfully everyone is just fine. They are staying with us for now and it is crazy but I like it;) On top of that Don has been in bed with a stomach flu, poor thing. The cleaning up has started and Nicole said she is thinking about redecorating now that she is starting over again:) Oh, and everyone on her face book was happy that she saved the 90 cases of Girl Scout cookies that we had picked up last weekend:) Gotta look on the bright side:)THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN after the water receded..

Nicole's back yard. The water covered the walk bridge.
                             Her side yard.
NO, that is not a lake!!!That is a huge beautiful field where the kids play,people walk their dogs and crops are grown. It is across the street from Nicole's house. The water had crossed the road.
The field, unbelievable.
The field is across the street from this car.
The currents from the water were so strong that the car was washed off of the road right in front of the house. It must have been so scary for the driver. It had to be hard to get out of the car without being swept away too.

The ruts that the water made. The water rushed in so hard into this garage that it knocked everything inside over. What a mess.
                                             The field.
The side of Nicole's house.

I am very grateful that things turned out the way they did. It could have been a lot worse. Possessions can be replaced, loved ones can't and that is what matters in the end.

'Till next time.....
~Debra xxx


  1. Audrey and I were in Woodbury yesterday late afternoon and saw lots of high water and washed out roads. We were up near Bethlehem so that's much higher ground. These photos are unbelievable and it is still early in the season! So glad your family is safe.
    PS We stopped for a quick sandwich at the Natural Foods store on 6. Love that place.

  2. Oh Debra, that is Gawd Awful!!
    Glad they are all okay, but what a trauma to get through!

    There have been somany storries all over the news here in CT with the flooding.

    Hang in there! Oh, and tell Don that horrific stomach big is about 36 hours start to finish! My Rachel is home on her Spring Break and she had it, then passed it on to me. MY DH is worried that he's next. It's FAST & FURIOUS!

    xoxoxoxo P

    PS: Only a few more weeks til the FLEA * YAY! I'm going opening day whether I have this Broken Leg Boot on or NOT * hobble hobble! Git the wheelchair ready! haha! xo

  3. Omg that's crazy. Glad everyone is ok and the cookies too! judy

  4. How scary! Glad everyone is ok! Bless her heart!

  5. Augh! I have tears streaming down my face. Debra - I thank God from the bottom of my heart that Nicole and her family are safe and sound - and that ya'll are all together.

    Now - let's get to redecoratin'... shall I send Nicole some duct tape? ;-D

    So VERY thankful for your family,

  6. Wow...Only 20 minutes away from me and I think you got hit harder than us. Makes me thankful that I only lost my hardwood floors....

    Glad you are enjoying the time they are spending with you in the meantime. My thoughts are with Nicole and her family....

    Take care,

  7. Oh Debra, I am so sorry to hear of so much heartache. I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers.


  8. Oh my gosh, Debra, this is so awful! But, like you said, it is good that they are all alright because at least they got out safe...Please give my best to Nicole...I will hold her in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Thats terrible Debra, but good news that everyone is okay!

  10. Wow! I can't believe you have had that much flooding! Our basement had an couple inches of water in it over the weekend...things could be alot worse.

    ~ Glad everyone was okay!

  11. Glad everyone is ok. We looked you up to come visit when we were in Danbury but didn't have time. I know we will soon.

  12. OMG thanks god everyone was OK - i'm from Jersey and parts of Jersey got super bad - but OMG this is insane!!!!

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    *kiss kiss*
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  13. Yes so happy your family is all OK

    A fellow blogger drowned , her car was swept off the road and she lost her life

  14. super glad that everyone is okay, and it sure is nice that you have LOTS of GS cookies to help ease some of that storm-induced stress! -diane

  15. ...whoa...just saw this Debra. So thankful that everyone in your family is safe!


  16. Sorry, I haven't stopping by in a while. Hope all is returning to normal. Glad she had someplace safe to stay for the night.