Saturday, November 12, 2011

Getting Ready for The Waters

So in preparation for the second round of warnings, we had to reinforce our home yet again and take all our belongings upstairs to the second floor. 

Although we had a cement wall built outside every entrance to the house we also needed to take care of other openings in the windows and slits in doors that would allow water to come through. We have never done anything like this before and so the only thing I could think of was to place some plastic sheets under the doors and in any crack I could find. I also wrapped our table legs with plastic as you will see in the pics. 

Will let you know if all this works... the waters have flooded the area which is only one street over. The beginning of our Soi (small street) is already flooded but we are crossing our fingers that it will not go deep into the residential area as that is where our home is.

Our slit windows with plastic sheets covering them. Not sure how long it would hold if the water did come and it is above a meter.

Our Table legs wrapped in plastic.... Just in case!

Our empty shelves... the place just like when we first moved in... no actually it looks even barer than when we first moved in.

The cement wall in front of all our house entrances. We have four walls of this sort... so every time we walk in or out of the house we have to climb over this. An in convenience yes, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

These are the sand bags at our front gate... they will be organized better once we hear the sirens go off.

The plastic sheets to fill the door and window slits.


Isa said...

Hope the water doesn't reach your house...
When I was a child there was this Xmas I went to spend with my parents (I never lived with them) and they live near a river. It rained too much. On xmas morning all the presents we had opened the night before were floating in the water... More that 1 meter high and our groundfloor was completely damaged. It hurted a LOT. I hope, I really do hope, water doesn't reach you, but it is cool that you are already warned and can protect your stuff.


db said...

Does not look like fun. Are they still saying you're going to get flooded where you are? It is amazing.

I live right next to a river that floods every few years, even a 300 hundred year flood a few years ago, but never a drop even in the driveway, though it does sneak into the back yard. Irene had us worried.

I'm not sure if I'd rather not have so much warning as it must drive you all crazy sitting and wondering.

Hoping you stay dry even though you spent time preparing for the worse.

Ofelia said...

Lana, I just hope that you and your lovely babies and the rest of your family are going to be ok and that important things like photos or videos of your kids don't get damage because those are (at least for me) the most important thing.
I'll be praying to my saints and all of the gods and angels around to protect you and your family.
Be Safe,

Tabouleh said...

Thank you all for your comments and moral and emotional support... not knowing whether we will be flooded or not is what is a bit stressful... it is like living on a see saw for a month... yes no yes no... but Ofelia you are right... albums and videos of my children are important to save and that is why they are all on the top floor.
Paul... interesting about the river next to you... I hope you never get flooded... the case in Thailand is also that the water was mismanaged... too many cooks stirring the pot.
Isa... I am so sorry that you went through all that as a young kid... it certainly must have hurt... you have been through so much and was expected to take it all in... my heart goes out to you... you should talk more about it... get it out... maybe a blog entry would help.

Jan said...

Still thinking of you Lana and your family. When do you they think that the danger of flooding will be over and what is the forecast for the rest of the season? It must feel as if this waiting and preparing is now part of normality for you? Thank you for keeping us all up to date with how things are.

Tabouleh said...

Thank you Jan lovely... they say it will stay like this until the end of this month... but we keep hearing conflicting pieces of news so we aren't sure... normality it is but a stressful one that is taking a bit of a toll... a teeny bit... but it's there!