Remember that relaxing weekend we promised each other? We half-kept our word, but for good reason. After spending a great Saturday being a tourist in our own city (with the hub’s folks in tow) – from double decker bus tours, Garrett’s popcorn, and sinful burgers off the beaten path – we came home that night with full bellies and ready to hit the sack.
A heavier-than-normal rain shower on Friday night had other plans for our Sunday. We knew our hot water heater lost the fight since we’ve been without a warm, relaxing shower. But after venturing down into our building’s basement storage unit on Sunday, we realized things were much worse. Like punch you in the face, knock down and drag out, this-ain’t-gonna-be-fun kind of worse. Who we were kidding by thinking our belongings were safe in our stacked, durable clear bins? We were about to find out that those bins were no match for the come-and-gone 3′ flood. Here’s how we found them:
We spent our Sunday elbows deep in murky waters, armed with plastic gloves, garbage bags, and a bottle of bleach. After filing a claim with our homeowner’s insurance, we could do nothing other than document our losses (and cry over the 3 bins of childhood photos, yearbooks, and noteworthy newspaper clippings that were damaged beyond repair). We salvaged what we could and mourned the loss of seasonal decor, outdoor gear, and – gasp – a heckuva lot of camera gear (seen submerged, above).
We did, however, treat ourselves to dinner in the ‘hood. No Sunday-fend-for-yourself nonsense. A day like that required heaping plates of pasta and good wine. Comfort food. (We had to find that silver lining somewhere.) So now to add another to-do on the ol’ list – sturdy, strong shelving in the storage unit to get those bins off that floor. Lesson learned.
Update: The Chicago area declares disaster (even the string of restaurants where we dined had a limited menu and cash only signage). The hubs talked to our insurance adjuster this morning and unfortunately water damage is not covered under our policy. What. A. Bummer. We are, however, drawing out possible shelving solutions as I type. We will not be fooled twice!