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21 November 2009 @ 10:11 pm
ARMAGEDDON  
It was a dark and stormy night ...



Eleven pm, Thursday night. I had just eaten more pizza than any sane human should even attempt, had hair all a-frizz from being too lazy to dry it, and was bored on the internet.

THEN THE ELECTRIC WENT OUT.

We thought it might be drunks acting the maggot, especially when we saw people running in and out of reception. It was pretty freaky because the only light came from our laptops and we’re all pretty hysterical people at the best of times. When we rang the warden, he said the power was gone because the basement had flooded. The rain this week broke all records, so that made sense. I was happy to go to bed and wake up to a fixed world in the morning.

Then my flatmate said: "OUR CARS."

We ran out in the torrential rain in our pyjamas to find that the underground carpark was already two feet deep in water. Which we had to wade through to drive our cars out. The barrier, being electric, wouldn't rise, so the wardens and a few helpfully violent volunteers hacked at it till it broke. So far, so good - we planned to drive them into the street.

WHICH WAS NOW A RIVER.

Eventually, a bevy of tractors towed our cars into the complex courtyard. We stood around for ages in shock. There were no house lights, just really eerie reflections of the streetlamps on what used to be the pavements and road. The water rose super-fast; within a couple of hours the underground carpark was filled up to road level. Two cars were left in there and for all I know are still floating. The laundry, with all the washing machines, and the computer lab - gone. All the student accoms were similiarly hit, as was a brand new college building on the same road.


Thursday night.


The view from my window, Friday morning.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL.

Friday was Med Ball. The ball went ahead despite all of this. My appointments in town to get my hair and makeup done at Toni & Guy and Mac were, quite literally, a washout. I managed to reschedule in another part of the city that, by virtue of being on higher ground, was flood free. We were supposed to be evacuated by the army at eleven am. Half eleven came and went with no army. I decided I'd simply have to walk to a point where my mom could collect me and drive me to get my hair done. (Yes, this was in fact my main thought when my apartment block was flooded and my car possibly a write off. Sue me, I'm shallow.)

SO I DID.

Four feet of filthy, scummy, sewerage-stained, FREEZING COLD water. I waded through it with my ball dress in a backpack and my laptop held over my head.

I made it in the end. I was not at all impressed with my makeup and my hair was shocking - PETER MARK SUCKS; BE TOLD. The night itself was a bit of a disaster; the less said the better. Still, you guys. Four feet of water. I think I deserve an award - although what I'll probably GET is pneumonia.


A superlatively bad camera phone pic. Hopefully facebook will yield some full-length shots of my dress - I was planning to charge my digital camera Thursday night...

I also managed to rescue my car today, so all’s well that ends well.
 
 
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*sometimesophie on November 21st, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
But you look GORGEOUS, sweetheart, so what's a little rain? *G*

OMG though! The poor defenseless cars! :(
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: weddingscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
The ironic thing was that Friday was a beautiful day - calm, clear, even a little warm. Just what I wanted for my ball day. The preceding part, not so much.

IKR. My baby is only a little matchbox on wheels, but it's withstood so much!
mrsquizzical: bandom panic brendon poutmrsquizzical on November 21st, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
what a drama! hope everything is drying out ok.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: winter of discontentscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
As far as I know it is ... except for all those computer labs that got flooded. D: Weird how flimsy computers are, when you think about it.
Riakessie on November 21st, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
I have never seen such general bad flooding before. Jesus.

Edited at 2009-11-21 10:51 pm (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: owlsscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
It hasn't been this bad since the sixties! Of course, the council deciding to open the dam at high tide didn't help an awful lot...
(no subject) - kessie on November 25th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
you do often seem cursedivyenglish on November 21st, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I'm glad you're okay and your car's okay.

And you look so pretty!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Christmasscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
I was so lucky!

Thank you, darling. ♥
Harry's complete lack of ducks: stock: with my flippy floppiesharriet_vane on November 21st, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Oh man, suckage! D:
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: In ur bedscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thou speakest truly. :(
Allikaallika on November 21st, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, I can't believe you made it to a ball. I would have just said "f*ck it" and waited for the cute soldiers to rescue me. I would have been VERY distraught. *wink*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: disco ballscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
In the end, if I'd known how sucky the ball would have been, I totally wouldn't have bothered. Sadly, psychic powers are not among my talents. D:
the claw-foot Ladysoftlyforgotten on November 21st, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
That is insane, oh my god. It's pouring outside here, too, so I am now hopefully checking the levels of water on the ground. (I HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. A FLOOD WOULD BE V. MUCH APPRECIATED.)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: iconomicons elephant lockscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
IT MAKES THINGS SMELL SO BAD AFTER, THOUGH. DDD:
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eddie Izzard: cake or death?scoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU. :DDD *_______________*

SURVIVAL. AND DANCING. AND HOT GUYS IN RED WAISTCOATS!
no detectable ambitioncmonkatiekatie on November 22nd, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
That is crazy sauce! You, however, look awesome.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Bookishscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you muchly! AND OMG YOUR ICON IS AWESOME ALTHOUGH IT TOOK ME FIVE MINUTES TOO LONG TO *GET* IT.
oopsoddishly on November 22nd, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Then my flatmate said: "OUR CARS."

Then my flatmate said, A SPACESHIP.

Idkidk. :D?

I LIKE (THE TOP HALF OF YR DRESS), PRETTY LADY.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fooish girl in chainsscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
A spaceship would be handy. If I could fly it would save so much on petrol!

TALK TO ME, ARE YOU OKAY??!
girl; obsessed: bandom - gorgeous in green spencecomplications_g on November 22nd, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Whoa. I'm glad you're ok though!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: iconomicons squid girlscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I am, thankfully! It was all so flukey.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Quotey: princesses save themselvesscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I KNOOOOOOOOW.
Sereniaserenia on November 22nd, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Wow, what an adventure! And yes, a woman always must have good hair, even when disaster strikes! I can't fault your priorities. XD

Send us some rain, please?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: House: ;( facescoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
WHO COULD?!

Please. TAKE IT ALL. NO REALLY.
Jax: bleach ishida quincy whiteimadra_blue on November 22nd, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Holy shit, that flooding thing is insanity in liquid form. DDD: I'm glad you're okay, though. And the picture of you is adorable. ♥
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Internet wins at lifescoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Why thank you! If this country let a little water stand in its way it ... would be exactly the way it is, actually. Permanently soggy. Oh well!
a kid on the lookout for transcendenceextemporally on November 22nd, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
Oh man, we flooded too here on Thursday, but nowhere as dramatic as yours it seems -- I hope everything is drying out all right!

And also, Med Ball! That is a great picture :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: multicoloured heart pendantscoradh on November 23rd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, it is. I'm back at my homeplace, which apparently is nowhere near rivers. THANKFULLY.

:DDD! You are too kind.