What a day! The flood did a lot more damage than we originally thought. We had many demolition men walking off with the walls of our basement, along w/ all the soggy, ruined items. One of the saddest losses was MOST of my portfolios from my early jobs. I still love some of the things I designed way back when, and I've spent the day trying to dry and preserve what I can. All of the neatly done, leather portfolios were ruined.
If I look on the bright side, this is the quickest way to HAVE to clean up your basement.
Since the walls will need to be replaced...at least partially, I will be forced to address some renovation issues that I would not have otherwise considered for at least five years. Since we have a new sump pump, and will also purchase a back-up system, I have been assured that this will NEVER happen again, thus making the space able to be used for...what? This wasn't high on my agenda, but we'll need to come up with a plan pretty quick. In the meantime, there are fans drying up the place and we'll see what happens.
Perhaps I'll decorate the basement like Elvis did. Truthfully, ever since I saw Graceland, I've felt a little sorry for Elvis. He's had parades of people tramping though his house for years, without the opportunity to renovate or defend himself. If he was alive today, I doubt he would have a rainforest in his living room, or a bright yellow, mod basement. I'm sure anyone's house that was caught in that type of time capsule would have a few things to laugh about!
Photos from Eek the Cat's Flickr stream.