I just received a call from a friend about a catastrophe that happened yesterday at her house.
She was on her way home from the hospital where she was recovering from being very ill.
For weeks she has dealt with surgery to have her tonsils removed, secondary infection, dehydration and then a sinus infection.
Finally she was ready to go home so she can enjoy Christmas on antibiotics. Relieved, but with a stuffy head, she checks out.
Kids in tow, she opened the garage door to pull the car inside.
In a state of shock and disbelief she saw that the ceiling had caved in on everything in the garage! Water was pouring in from the ceiling! WHAT????
Jumping out of her car stunned, she realized that she would have to wade through all the freezing water to get to the main shut-off in the basement. Once she made it down there... it was full of water too!
She later found out a pipe had burst in the garage ceiling because of lack of insulation in the attic space.
The house had 3 floors of flood damage, water was everywhere and had buckled the walls too! Even all the Christmas presents were ruined.
Frantic, she called the insurance company and they were there within the hour and sent in a team of people to help.
Earlier in the day as a surprise, she had forgotten that Santa was scheduled to stop by to visit with her kids.
He arrived in that first hour in the middle of all the chaos! She answered the door all a wet mess and out of her mind. What else could happen??
As bad as it all was, Santa was the very thing to bring some hope to a miserable situation.
Laughing, they all took a moment to see that they had each other and things happen for unknown reasons.
Pictures were made with Santa and maybe as those kids get older they will remember the time he arrived to save the day.
Today, she says the silver lining is that it has made her able to let go of all the things in boxes she could not let go of before the flood.
We had discussed how to start cleaning out and not having so many things in the house so it could be shown to prospective buyers.
This was hard to do for her becuse she even had an online EBay business in the basement. Now it was all ruined. All the tubberware bins of stock were all wet. No way to sell it now.
Cardboard boxes that now are soggy mess, have to be thrown away. It will be easier to de-clutter and get things ready to move out.
The good thing is that the insurance company will do all the repair and cleanup to make it look better than before. New bathroom tile, carpet, flooring, fixtures, drywall and paint.
Serious Note: be sure to check your insulation in the attic if water pipes are in the ceiling.