Flooding & Hurricane Irene

No lengthy post today or anything like that, just a note:

Preservation in Pink may be quiet this week. The entire State of Vermont has been devastated by Hurricane Irene. Our town flooded and our basement flooded completely, so Vinny and I are dealing with the cleanup and the phone calls, etc. We are grateful for everyone’s concerns and the help of many friends here in Vermont. Flood cleanup is messy. River water is muddy and silt and gross. I have never been so dirty as I was yesterday after beginning flood cleanup yesterday. Everyone was covered in mud.

It’s devastating and heartbreaking to hear of the widespread damage everywhere. For us, it puts everything in perspective and we offer our prayers and thoughts to those who are worse off than we are. We are safe, as are the cats. Thank goodness for friends to take us and the cats in for food, showers, electricity and encouraging words.

Now, if anyone has recommendations on post flooding, I’d be grateful to hear them. Obviously, don’t turn on the electricity and what not – but cleanup suggestions or issues to look for with houses – that would be helpful. Water came in through a basement window and from beneath the concrete basement foundation and floor. Our biggest concern is structural damage.

Thanks for your good thoughts and advice, in advance.


9 thoughts on “Flooding & Hurricane Irene

  1. Megan @ Restoring the Roost says:

    Kaitlin, I am so glad to hear you are ok! We will be keeping in our prayers all those who have suffered losses. Obviously you have a ton on your plate right now, but when you get a chance if you are interested I have featured the NTHP’s “This Place Matters” campaign on my blog and am asking folks to upload the photos to the Trust’s website and submit them to me (so at some point I can feature them). I’d love for you to participate if you have any favorite “This Place Matters” photos! Thanks 🙂

  2. kvlandau says:

    oh man!! 😦 shopvac and dehumidifier yes. you will probably have to call someone to assess structural damage….

  3. Jennifer Kirby says:

    I’m so sorry about the mess and headaches but so glad you guys are safe! I wish we were close enough to help in some tangible way. Keep us posted as you can and know we’re thinking of you and praying for you.

  4. Nancie Ravenel says:

    So sorry to hear about your home, Kaitlin. I’m probably a bit late with this, but Heritage Preservation has put together a number of great resources for owners of flood damaged homes. You’ll find the list under “Salvage a Historic Property” at http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/TFRespRecover.html Lots of good advice there whether or not your home is especially old.

    Of particular note is “Tips for Drying Out a Water-Damaged Building” from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/dryout.htm

    Best wishes to you…

    • Kaitlin says:

      thanks so much, Nancie. These links are very helpful. I wish I would have had time to read them, but the week was mostly spent cleaning! I’m assuming we went about it properly. Now that things have calmed down, I’ll check to make sure. We did remove everything right away and begin drying it as soon as possible. And now we’re bleaching all of the surfaces in the basement.

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