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Exclamation Mother nature ripped through the Midwest

In the last 24 hours, the rain was unstoppable. I cannot remember a time where it came down in buckets. To the point an umbrella would not help.

This morning I got up for work, went through my usual routine, let the dog out, kissed him and put on animal planet But I leave for work very early usually, like 7am. I am outside of Chicago, but we got a substantial amount of rain. Still, this is just spring midwest weather, and it didn't phase me.

When I left the driveway this morning, I noticed a traffic jam. So early? what is all the fuss about I thought to myself? I looked left and noticed that rain water had gathered a few homes down into a big puddle and of course, that's what the fuss was about. Pansies didn't want to drive through it. Fair enough, and off to work I went.

I made it in, I was one of the few people there and that didn't surprise me, it's just the bad traffic today, that's it, thats why my entire office wasn't there. No sooner did I make a pot of coffee and sit down to todays tasks at hand, than the power went off and on in the complex. It's a large facility, so when we have an outage, a. it's a big deal and b. it will surely happen again. I send as many emails out as possible warning the staff to stay home if they havent' left and IT that we are probably going down power wise so the servers and phone system are on borrowed time.
Sure enough, one big lightening boom later, my entire building was out of power. I waited it out a few hours, and thought nothing of it. This is really dumb though, no power, it's time to lock up shop, nothing I can do.

As I attempted to get home I was blocked by police barricades, the roads were completely wiped out and under water. Not good, not good at all. I have a dog at home. Now, im in sheer panic mode. I race back to the expressway onto the only street I can take [my street happened to be the exit] and as soon as I get over a hill I see police do not cross tape. MY home was one of the only 2 in the row of 5, that had not gotten water. In a matter of 5 seconds or less, I saw [about 20 yards in front of me] 2 football fields and a driving range covered in a raging river. The creek a few blocks down completely let loose and had now taken over the neighborhood. I pulled up to the policemen panic stricken MY DOG IS IN MY HOUSE! I screamed. He told me to park the jeep, and run in to get my animal. That's exactly what I did. I got the dog out, carried him back to the jeep, and took a moment to catch my breath. But I had power. I had no water. Everything in my home was fine. Just 10 yards away from this raging makeshift river.

And as I sit in my jeep giving the dog some water, it hits me. I HAVE POWER.. oh HELL NO! I lock back up the jeep, run over to the policeman and tell him flat out I have another car! You have to let me out. He waved me back in, I ran back into the house, grabbed my birth certificate, the passport, every key that I owned, locked the house back up and you KNOW I got the benz out to higher safer ground!

My dog was safe, he was the #1 priority today. Then came the benz, THEN clothing and the laptop. I know things are just things. I had a few moments today to think clearly and some time to do it in. And what does momma do? That's right..

Dog
legal documents/keys
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clothing to stay at a relatives
that's all she wrote!

Most people will not be that lucky today. Today may have sucked, but my boy and my girl, are a.o.k!


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Sorry to hear this Chick but at least you are safe.....stay that way and keep us posted please.
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very scary..will keep u in our prayers...glad the car's OK too!!


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5:30am, just checked the house. The water has retreated and I stayed completely dry! Although the police will not let me back in because I live right next door to the evacuated homes.

All in all good news. Thank you all for your notes!!

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Another adventure brought to you by ........ Slk320chick. In theaters this weekend! Don't miss it!
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Chicky, thank goodness someone is watching over you today. How scary these last few hours must have been for you. Glad to hear that all is OK. Hopefully the bad weather will now let up!

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320C... glad you and pup are ok! That is quite and adventure but you handled it with aplomb! I will wait to see the movie.

Might I suggest you get a safety deposit box for those papers and mementos that are irreplaceable?

So, finally, let me get this straight. LEOs won't let you into your house because you're next to the houses that are evacuated. That means you've been evacuated, so they should evacuate the person next to you...and the guy next to them...and the people next to them... Anyone have room for all of Chicago??


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You are quite the flirt, aren't you?
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So SLK320, now that you have got all your valuable possessions to safety, you need to answer the question we all want to hear ---- did the SLK leak ???
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Negative ghost rider..
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I talked with a buddy of mine today who traveled to High Point, N.C. for a furniture show. He said that the weather in Chicago was so bad it screwed up all the flights across the country. I told him "I know, I have a friend who was evacuated from her home today because of it"!
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