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Roof Test

December 30, 2015

A major storm passed through our area over Christmas weekend and created quite a mess. The rivers are overflowing and the news folks are gushing comparisons to the 1993 floods. That flood happened over weeks. This time, it took two days of massive rain to reach near to the same levels.

We were out of town while this was going on, so we don’t have a firsthand account of what happened at our place while the rain was falling. On our way home, Google Maps helped to guide us around the closed highways. We were lucky to get through when we did- many more highways were closing along the way as the water continued to rise.

Here's all the highway closings across the state today.

Here’s all the highway closed across the state today.

Today, 20 miles of Highway 44 in St. Louis County are closed, probably until Friday. I feel for those folks in the flooded areas. We’ve had our share of water issues, so completely empathize.

What we discovered when we finally made it home was some water in the lobby, dripping through radiator pipe holes, and a puddle above that, under the roof hatch. If the wind was strong and the volume of water high enough, that could have caused the infiltration. No damage done. The rest of the roof has been put to the test and passed!

Unfortunately, my office wasn’t as lucky. Our materials library is now tarped and bucketed until the building maintenance crew decides to fix it. It seems, no matter how hard I try to avoid it, tarps continue to be part of my life.

Of course we have the stylish all-black tarps that you'd expect from an architecture firm.

Of course we have the stylish all-black tarps that you’d expect from an architecture firm.

At least this leak is somebody else’s to fix!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2016 7:16 pm

    I was wondering how the office fared. At least all the work on your building roof has paid off!

    • Sue permalink*
      January 1, 2016 8:01 pm

      It is always interesting around here!

  2. Maurine Pruchnicki permalink
    December 31, 2015 8:55 am

    Sue and Tom, we are just very thankful that you two are okay, and had not major problems on the trip home. We are also glad that the BAB stood up to the test. The office–well as you said it is not your problem to fix. Happy New Year. Love, Mom and Dad

    • Sue permalink*
      December 31, 2015 8:57 am

      Thanks- and Happy New Year!

  3. Janet Peterson permalink
    December 30, 2015 11:18 pm

    So sorry to see all the devastation. As you both know, water is something to be reckoned with Also sorry about your office, Sue. I am just so thankful that you both got home safely. I know it was a long and tiring trip. Lets pray that 2016 will be a better year for all of us. Love, Janet. Xxoo

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