20 June 2006

Baby's First Flood

Many alert readers have kindly dropped us a line to see if we'd floated away in the rains that hit Houston yesterday. Thanks for the concern!

"Almost" is the official answer. This was taken from the middle of our driveway.

Truth told, this happens to our street 4-5 times per year during Houston's mini-monsoon season. Nobody's quite sure why our particular sewers back up; the rest of the subdivision drains just fine. Fortunately, the flooding has never reached anyone's house -- not even during Tropical Storm Allison.

Thus, since none of us are overly worried, a good flood becomes a block party of sorts -- something akin to a "snow day" in northern climes. All the adults stroll out in flipflops under umbrellas, and all the massively manly men congregate around the sewers and swap authoritative-sounding theories about why they aren't draining this time. If it hadn't been so early in the morning, we'd probably have thrown back a few pints of Guinness and talked about the World Cup, too -- oh wait, nobody in Texas either drinks stout or watches the World Cup, my bad.

Meanwhile, the kids had a fabulous time playing in the water...

We didn't exactly let her take a swim, but our kid *loved* the whole event...

You can't tell from the pictures, but it's actually still raining quite hard here. The umbrellas didn't do us much good -- we all got completely soaked. Which is a good thing, of course.

It's a fine excuse to stroll into work at 10AM, eh?

1 comment:

Kain said...

Dude, I knew Houston had bad drainage along freeways, but I had no idea it was a suburban thing, too.