You know the old saying, “it rained like a cow pissing on a flat rock?” Well that is what it did here at our house, this afternoon.
We saw the storm form up in Music Valley. The rumble of thunder was constant. Never heard unending thunder like that.
Like a black curtain it soon covered Pinto Mountain. It was a solid sheet of rain moving to the north at a steady pace.
Fay and I had seen storms form like this but this one looked especially ominous.
Caltrans in its infinite wisdom has of the last couple of years purposely terminated its shoulder at our driveway. We’ve complained about the potential of flooding for years.
We did the best we could in a futile attempt to dig a trench across our driveway and as far as we could before the storm arrived.
I personally have never seen it rain so much in so short a period of time. The shoulder along the Highway soon filled to the brim and soon a huge volume of water was rushing into our yard. The 1 foot wide trench we had built did nothing to stop the deluge. We were soon a foot deep in water. our Septic Tank was undermined and soon filled with flood waters. Our well was buried by debris.
The rain was so heavy I was unable to get a breath, as I would try to breath water would enter my lungs. I was drowning in the desert. Standing there drowning.
It was over as quickly as it began. The water continued to flow for an hour and a half. We managed to divert the last million gallons by breaking a berm and channeling the water into the desert. But by that time our place was toast.
Unable to get Homeowners insurance out here we are screwed. We are going to put a claim in to Caltrans for the Damage but expect a pissing contest. This time we are going to go to the mattresses and take legal action if they do not do us right. We are not asking for much just to be made whole. Fix our septic tank, fix our well, and fix that god damned road.
Like I said we are not asking for the golden goose. After 18 deaths in the yard because of the poorly engineered road. After being flooded out, we just want to be treated with a little respect.