Is it fate ?
Is it fate ?
For the past couple of days I have been helping one of the employees in my office with her house. Her house is located in Owego, NY and was effected by the flood of 2011. Her neighbors told her that the water has never come up that high which was evident that numerous people parked their cars near her house to get them away from the flood waters from further down the road. Kari and her husband Ed moved all of the items that they didn't want to get wet from the basement to the first floor. The even had the furnace disconnected and put on the first floor.
The flood waters rose to a level over 26 feet sending water into areas that have never been flooded before. Kari and Ed received 3 feet of water into the first floor of their house. All of the personal possessions that they moved to that floor were now ruined and sitting in flood water.
By the time that the local police started allowing other people in to the area, Kari and Ed had all of their furniture moved into the backyard. Now was the time to start tearing the walls down to the studs and removing the insulation to stop any mold from growing.
In the master bedroom we removed a closet. In the closet was another void which was assumed to be the chimney since above it was brick. The inside of the closet did not contain brick but did contain a stainless steel vent pipe which was used for the water heater in the basement. You will notice in the picture below that the pipe was not connected properly and that it hasn't been connected in a while. Look at all of the black staining above were the split in the pipe is. I don't think I need to tell you how dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning can be.
I know it can hard to think that with all of this destruction something good actually came from this. But I believe that this happened for a reason. The house can be rebuilt and the whole family is still together to create more memories. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.