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Finding a Secret and Making Use of It. Oh and a Massive Flood Happened

If you saw the last video of Kevin's painting fail hopefully this installment will redeem his skills in some of your eyes.  As we continue to work through Shelter in Place we've been working on lots of little things.  Right now it's a bit harder to do anything around here since we haven't had power or water for 12 days.

On Sunday May 17 we had what can only be described as a deluge of rain.  We'd had big storms a few days prior and everything was pretty saturated and the river was a bit up but not too bad.  But when it started raining Sunday it was serious.  We've seen River City Marina flood before with water over the docks but it went another couple feet above that and the Chicago River spilled over the wall and into the River City Apartments building.  This knocked out power to the entire building and marina, flooded the parking garage including about 25 cars, and they were forced to evacuate the building around 10PM Sunday night.

We fared better, as they say a rising tide lifts all boats.  But along with a couple other boaters we spent most of the day managing ropes and keeping other boats from being damaged.  Docks were stretched to the max and we spent the day walking in knee deep river water.

As for our marina management.  We hate them.  I'm going to spare you the details but Property Management Techniques and the head Brian Pregler are incompetent and are now on top of my list of worst people ever.  Hate that guy.  For real, like hate hate.

But as the water receded we saw some issues around the marina too and tried our best to fix the problems that improper management of a marina caused and we spent another day fixing things that shouldn't have been an issue.  It was a mess, and still is here.  No word on when power, water, internet, or pumpout will be restored.  We've been running our generator to keep the little bit of water we have in the hot water heater warm as well as charge our electronic devices.  We're using our iPhones as hotspots for internet. Mostly relying on paper plates and Solo cups for meals.  It's not as bad as it sounds, we're enjoying the no TV aspect now that the weather has finally warmed.

Photos of the flood below video.

Cygnet has a 30-ish year old refrigerator that we want to keep going as long as possible.  So Kevin decided to clean it up a bit and give it the best chance of survival.  But it worked out a bit differently. Check out the video to see what we did.

The Great Flood of 2020. I hear Locusts are coming this year too.

It was raining hard and fast most of the day.

This dock doesn't move. We've seen it underwater before but not this much.

The floating docks reached their maximum height and it was still raining.

We were worried that as the water subsided the Windy would get hung up.

This is about 7 feet higher than normal.

And it's still raining.

We put our power cords up but it didn't matter after the power went out.

Even the dock box started floating away, we moved it to safety.

On the other side of the marina, saving boats.

Where does the river begin and end?

The Chicago River taking over to park next door.

Yep, this is fun!

Powerless River City.  The Willis Tower also went dark that night due to flooding.

Beginning the cleanup.

Pumping out the flooded garage


  1. Wow. Just wow! I had no idea when I was texting you how bad it had gotten, and how much you had already done to save so many boats. Can't believe how long you've fared without power. But hey -- at least you have proof that your dock box floats?


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