Our town has a phenomena known to the locals as the Aggiedome, which means that there can be torrential rain everywhere around us, but we'll be bone-dry. That was the case for a good part of Saturday - Harvey had made landfall, we'd cancelled our run but weather-permitting, still planned on meeting up at Blue Baker, and sure enough, while it was raining that morning, it wasn't severe. We got there and had just sat down with our food when a tornado warning sounded over the restaurant's speakers as well as everyone's phones - but in checking the radar, it was located to the far south, so we were fine. We had our breakfast as usual, although it was raining harder for a while outside. But weirdly, the rest of the day it was barely raining. I began to think that the Aggiedome was going to keep us dry...and then, around 5:00 pm, we got hit with a band of Harvey rain and it hasn't stopped pouring since.
Other than losing power for about 40 minutes Saturday evening, we have fared the storm well. Jeff has gone outside to rake debris from the top of our sump pump a couple of times:
Our backyard holds a lot of water, hence the need for the sump pump.
And the pump is doing its job, keeping the water moving from the backyard to the street, where it adds to the drainage pond (most of the time, just a nice grassy area):
Sump pump spewing water nicely...
View of the pond filling up (taken Saturday evening) - you can see one of the concrete drains (there are six of them in the pond) and while it was filling up, it wasn't overflowing, so the drains are clear enough to be working.
We went out with umbrellas on Sunday afternoon to check everything over - yep, sump pump still chugging along!
This is the ditch on the other side of the yard that Jeff dug many years ago - water is pouring from it, which is keeping that side of the backyard less flooded.
Knock on wood, things won't get much worse than this...but I'm a little nervous, as it hasn't stopped raining in well over 24 hours, and it's predicted to continue like this for most of the week. We hit a flash flood warning Sunday afternoon and all the school districts have closed for today - better to keep everyone safe at home than on these wet and flooded roads. There's been a lot of knitting and TV watching on my part, and Paco is doing his job keeping me company quite well:
No big deel, Mom. I heer for yu.
Cross your fingers for Texas - we could use a break from Harvey.