Man that sunshine sure feels good today!
Disasters are something that happens elsewhere until it happens here. The Stately Manor and its denizens were lucky. Our basement drain actually drained once the crud was scraped off! Except for a few low spots that needed to be push broomed (verb, transitive) to the hole in the floor.
Neighbors went to Farm & Fleet and purchased pumps. Lot of basement carpeting and other goods on the curb. The indentured servants have laid out everything salvageable on lawn chairs, hammocks and what not to dry out. We’re starting a petition to dredge the pond on the south side of the Beltline from Odana Hills golf course. That would alleviate some of the flooding. No doubt that is a long-term project. Civil authorities have many more repairs to make before they can attend to that.
The Experimental Work Farm’s lorry truck is loaded with new junk to transport to the Badger Road drop-off site. As our friend Jim Troupis says, a flooded basement is God’s way of telling you to declutter.
On a personal note, we give a lot of credit to Ald. Matt Phair and his wife Connie for their efforts to save three people from drowning just a few blocks west of Stately Blaska Manor, one of whom was lost to the flood. We’ve been very critical of the alder for his politics. But his sense of human decency is beyond reproach. Their harrowing story is told in today’s excellent Wisconsin State Journal coverage.
More heroes: City, county and village fire departments, law enforcement, street and public works personnel.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Thank you, everyone.
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A social media site has been set up for Flooding Across Dane County.