SOL Day 2

About 10 minutes ago the lights in the house flickered and the hum of the sump pump went silent. Chris and I looked at each other with dismay. We both said, “No, no, no!”

NJ is in the midst of a powerful nor’easter after a month of above average precipitation. The nor’easter has dumped up to 3 inches of additional rain and wet snow on us and our backyard looks like a swamp. We have a very high water table to begin with, so a power outage during a storm means an almost certain flooded basement.

It’s been about 30 minutes and the power is still out. Oddly, a few lights are on (albeit dimly) and our WiFi is still working. Chris is currently hooking up the generator and I’ve reported the outage to the electric company. I’m hopeful that our location on a county road will mean a quick(ish) return of power due to the need for streetlights on our 50mph road. It may be wishful thinking, but I’m crossing my fingers!

Before the power went out, the wind was blowing and it was snowing sideways. I took the dogs out back after doggy daycare (thank goodness for doggy daycare so at least they are tired!) and Navan had a ton of fun trying to catch snowflakes.

Dublin investigated the snow and patrolled the perimeter of the yard to make sure no possums got in. Now they are sitting in the dark with me, hoping to get power back soon. At least they had dinner! My naan pizzas are still cooking in the hot, but not working, oven. Time to move them to the gas griddle, I think.

Update: our neighbor just showed up and is hooking our sump pump up to his generator! The basement already has about an inch of water, so he’s a lifesaver.