I am really sorry to hear of the chaos in your house Pierre. I hope that you did not lose anything of sentimental value in the flood. Was there any damage to the person living under you??
I was going to say this the other day but I had to run.
A few years ago, when my mother was still driving to Florida for vacation during the winter she would leave me to watch over her house.
This was no problem since I only lived a couple miles away. So periodically I would stop by and make sure that the heat was warm enough to keep the water pipes from freezing. I would run the water on all faucets flush the toilets and check the windows.
Well, about 3 days before she was coming home in March (it was a very cold March) I stopped by to turn up the heat to something reasonable so it would be warm for her when she arrived. I had not been there in about two weeks.
When I opened the back door to her house (which also looks directly down the basement stairs) I saw what appeared to be something shiny on the basement floor. And I also heard that sound, you know the one that you heard. The sound of a waterfall coming from somewhere in the house.
When I turned on the light I saw what had been shimmering on the floor it was a sterling silver serving platter floating across the basement.
You can imagine my suprise to find about 5 inches of water covering the basement of the house I grew up in. Tens of thousands of dollars in damage, memories stored, now lost and soggy. Original albums from Elvis to the Beatles White Album destroyed. Big screen TV, Stereo, couches etc.
OOOOOOFFF, I thought.
But as usual my mother, cool as a cucumber when she got home took it all in stride and shed not one tear. She just laughed and laughed. Hard old woman that one is. But she has turned me into someone who gets calmer under pressure and laughs at tragedy.
I think that I was more bummed out at the loss of many of my childhood memories. So I sincerely hope you lost none of yours.
I hope the clean-up goes quickly.