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Old 08-26-2011, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Now I'm worried about what to do with the cars. If we leave them in the garage and lose power, we won't be able to go anywhere. If we park them in the driveway, will they be washed away with the storm??? This is all to stressful. What is everyone else doing?
Does it have a manual override? It should.
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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Now I'm worried about what to do with the cars. If we leave them in the garage and lose power, we won't be able to go anywhere. If we park them in the driveway, will they be washed away with the storm??? This is all to stressful. What is everyone else doing?
I would think if the flooding was high enough to wash your car away in the driveway it would also be high enough to damage your car in the garage as garage's aren't water tight. I'm fortunate to be in northern New Castle county where we actually have a couple of hills, where Delaware, below the canal resides at around sea level which makes storms like this a nightmare, and yes the lack of national coverage for Delaware by the Philly stations drives me nuts, it's like only Jersey exists, sorry for the rant.

The further west you can go the better off you'll be, I just heard we could get 8 to 10 inches of rain which is alot but I'm not sure if its enough to flood Middletown. If you really have concerns about the water level, you should leave because, if the water rises enough to destroy your car it will be in your house. Remember it doesn't matter how many sump pumps you have if the water has no place to go. I worked in Glenville ( a little development outside Stanton/ Newport) during hurricane Floyd and all the houses were condemed because it was built years before on a flood plane and getting the water out was the problem. Houses built on slabs can be dangerous with just a few feet of water because the foundation can shift easily. Again if you think it might be a dangerous situation then you should leave, take pictures of your house get all important paper work and go. I have a friend from work who lives in New Castle, he lives within a 1/4 mile of the Delaware River and his family is going to stay with me over the weekend. Personally I'm not reallly afraid of the rain, its the wind and the trees around my house that concern me, so we got a hotel room on rt 202 just in case.
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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Old 08-27-2011, 03:16 AM
 
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@ Stenoqueen:
Pull the rope attached to the top of your garage door to unlock it from the closer track. It wont fall suddenly as it has springs.
Everywhere below the C&D canal is NOT at sea level. The mean elevation of the state is about 60 ft.
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Old 08-27-2011, 03:57 AM
 
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Irene is downgraded to a Category I. We're less than 10 miles from the Bay (Dover to Kitts Hummock) and all is calm. No evacuations mentioned around here. We're about 40' above sea level.

As always, we're concerned about the 6 gigantic English walnut trees bordering our property, which are WAY over a hundred years old.

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Old 08-27-2011, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Smyrna, DE
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We're right up the road from you on the other side of the Air Force Base. According to Google Maps it would like me 18 minutes to get to Kitts Hummock. I hope everyone here is well and please stay safe.
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:10 AM
 
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We're right up the road from you on the other side of the Air Force Base. According to Google Maps it would like me 18 minutes to get to Kitts Hummock. I hope everyone here is well and please stay safe.
disom -
Did they move the C-5s to the Mid-Atlantic states, as they usually do for storms?
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Ocean View, DE
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I am worried about my cars as well and wish I had a garage to protect them from flying debris and fallen trees, but I don't have one and have no other safer place to store them other than on my property. We have never been flooded out here, but we had a few inches of water in our driveway about two years ago during a severe December rainstorm. I had to walk to my car without shoes on. However, drainage has improved here since they brought central sewer through and septics/mounds were removed.

I do not have any large trees on my property, but our backyard is enclosed by cypress trees which are all about 25 feet tall. I moved my car away from them but a fallen tree could still hit it. My truck is out front, and I worry that two particular idiot neighbors will not secure their belongings and allow them to fly into my vehicles and/or house windows. My husband actually went right into surrounding yards yesterday and secured neighbors' crap because they are too self-entered and lazy to care about doing it themselves. Sorry for the rant, but this type of attitude really irritates me to no end.

I live about 1/3 mile from the bay and two miles from the ocean, and we are staying. Our home was built well and for that, I am thankful. I just hope this storms weakens before it hits here. The wind has really picked up and it's raining rather hard right now. I'm not sure how much longer we will have power .
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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beachliz, We must be neighbors! Hope they will let us back in tomorrow afternoon/evening. I guess the problem could be the bridges reopening. Indian River......geesh!

Take care! Please post when you are able.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Ocean View, DE
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Yes! I read a post earlier where you were on Cedar Neck Road. I am actually hoping to buy a house on that road--was looking at Bethany Preserve.

I live on a road off route 26 a little farther west, not too far from Food Lion. We're not within town limits although everybody swears we are....but, we're not.

I'll let you know how everything is holding out around here so long as I have power...thankfully, it takes a lot for us to lose power! But, I think this storm will do it.
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