Week 13 – Then came the flood

WEEK 13 – Do you ever say something so many times in a row that it stops feeling like it means anything? That’s how it’s starting to become when I type “this week we were hampered by rain….again!”


But not just any rain! This week saw 7 inches of rain fall in a very short amount of time, causing the Zumbro River in Pine Island to rise rapidly and a large section of the city to flood. Fortunately, our house is on a relatively high side of town and away from the river. Unfortunately, without a roof, siding, gutters, etc. etc. etc. that seven inches of water fell straight onto our open house, and drained straight into our basement which does not yet have a working sump pump. Essentially, we’ve built a giant concrete bucket, and when Josh arrived at the house on Friday morning, it was successfully holding all that water along with the mud that had washed down there and a bunch of garbage and building supplies. He dug a makeshift sump pump hole in the back corner of the basement, and we pumped water all afternoon and through the night before things were finally drained enough that on Saturday, we could go down and sort through the silt and crap!

Despite these setbacks, we were able to get some work accomplished. The sheathing is all up on the second floor. The staircase is finished. Josh scored the jackpot when he happened across the exact kind of lumber he needed for the second floor framing, trimmed to the exact length and stamped with the level of quality we’re required to use. (This is a trickier thing to find than we originally expected!) Thanks to some friends who stopped by for a couple of hours on Saturday, the header is over the garage door and the sheathing is up on the big exterior garage wall. And even with all the water we’ve had, it seems like structurally, the house is fine. A bit wet but fine.

Still…if it could really stop raining…

Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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