Fast forward about 5 hours. I'm now at the grocery store shopping when I get a frantic phone call from Jessi telling me that she had walked down the steps and there was water every where. As I quickly went to check out she called to inform me that she and Amy had called Jeff and they had got the water shut off. I felt much better about the situation, not even beginning to understand the extent of the water in our home.
As soon as I arrived home I noticed Jessi running from one neighbor to the next to get help to get our belongings out of the basement. That is when reality began to set in. I carried in the groceries and walked down the stairs. To my utter amazement the water covered my feet as I stepped off the landing.
The girls said that it had gone down drastically since the water had been turned off.
My dear sweet neighbors, the priest quorum from our ward, and many others just driving by stopped to help. We totally removed everything from our basement. Every couch, table, bed, book, blanket, junk and more junk was carried out. It is remarkable the amount of STUFF we had in that basement. The water had spread so completely that there was not a room, closet or corner that had not been soaked.
The disaster team was called and responded so quickly. They began removing the water as we were still removing furniture and items from our house. They worked for hours and hours ripping up carpet pad, base boards, and vacuuming up water. They have been remarkable. Each day they come back to destroy more of the house as they find more water damage. They cut 24 inches high of sheetrock around the bottom of all the outside walls and removed wet insulation. Another day they came and removed built in cupboards because there was water under them that they could not reach. It has been overwhelming, but how grateful I am that they are thorough. They have had giant fans running non stop in our basement for one week now. The rebuilding of our basement will take lots of time but the damage has now stopped. We can finally move forward.
These pictures are of the fans in our basement. This is after they had removed 18 of them. Notice in this first picture that the sheetrock has been cut away.
Here is a great article on learning to listen to the spirit.