it has flooded. people kept talking about it. saying it was imminent. or saying it wouldn’t reach us. we weren’t sure who to believe, but we knew who we wanted to believe. we did all the flood prep we knew to do. and then we waited.
i went down to the bridge nearest our house and checked out the water levels. they were definitely rising. but the whole atmosphere there was so festive that it was hard to take it seriously. food vendors were out vending food. people were out playing in the first of the flood waters. there were so many people gathered taking pictures and chatting and not being at all serious that it made it easy to for it not to feel “real”.
i made several trips out to check on the progress of the flood. and while it was inching it’s way towards our house, it wasn’t inching in a way that was convincing to us.
and then it started on our street. and then it started at our house. and it kept it up at our house. and we started feeling like the flood was a real threat.
and then the morning came and we woke to this.
yes, that is our car. the tan one, not the black one. but it’s good that the black one is in the picture so people can see we weren’t the only ones to not move our car to higher ground.
we tried to figure out what to do. we had no idea. we moved some of our already moved stuff around. and then the cavalry came.
our faithful househelp. i’m not certain it was wise to drive the motorbike all the way down our street and nong patty, their daughter, seems to not be certain that even getting out in the flood is a good idea (smart girl). they helped us move the fridge to higher ground and the washing machine. then they noticed things that we overlooked. and then they noticed something we didn’t see at all.
the snake is trying to swim out on michael’s side of the window. if you could hear what’s happening right now you would be deafened by the squeels and screeches of jim and myself. luckily, michael got the window closed so it couldn’t escape.
khao killed the snake. first he stunned it by whacking it with that stick several times. he broke the screen doing it. he did ask permission to break the screen, i thought a no longer living snake was a good trade for a screen.
a second after this shot was taken the back wall was splattered with snake blood. that smack made sure it was good and dead. and that snake convinced me that i’m not the kind that’s made of the stuff to wait out the flood in our flooded house. that and the fact that the toilets would no longer flush. that just makes for all kinds of ookeyness.
our rescue came from the compassion thailand office. they sent a fantastic crew of guys out to help move us to a hotel. luckily, they’d just had 2 days of disaster relief training. little did they know they’d get to use it so quickly.
michael and i made a trip to the house this morning to check on the dogs. things were definitely better.
tomorrow we will be returning to start the big clean up. we’ve located a power washer to borrow and have the family on board. we might regret not getting to it today, but the amount of water just outside the door made it seem a bit of a daunting task.
there’s a typhoon headed our way and rumor has it that we should be under water again by tuesday. i’m choosing to continue with my optomistic ways and think it won’t happen. maybe i’ll change my mind before the water’s lapping at our front door. but, hopefully, it really won’t happen.