Pump House Hijinx

Pump House Hijinx

Chris spent most of the afternoon in Colton cutting up 4×4, 2×4 and decking boards to make the skeleton of a pump house. He then brought the pieces along with almost all the plumbing fittings he needed to set up the new pump house. Instead of hiding the pump under the trailer the new plan is to have it above the possible flood water in a seperate pump house at the end of the trailer.

After making some progress Chris got a migrane and retreated to Madison for dinner and some recovery. Chris, Michelle, William and Margaret all returned after dinner to keep going on the project.

New Dave provided some suggestions and tools for removing the broken PVC from the bladder tank and Chris and Michelle got the basics of the pump house put together, noting the few fittings Chris would need the next day.

William and Margaret played on the beach and splashed and stomped their rain boots in the lake. On the way out the two sections of walk way that were still missing were noted as found on the pile by the feed lot from the flood cleanup so those will make their way back home soon.

William and Margaret both voiced their preference to stay and not go home. Sadly with no water, no gas and no AC the family was trotted home.

Weather

Warm, Humid and cloudy, upper 60s for a high. Calm winds from the South.

People

Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret Uthe.

September to Now

September to Now

We’ve had a time warp. On September 9th 2019 the lake flooded. I’ll post pictures of the actual flood but for now here is where we sit.

We’ve gotten a new meter and box from Sioux Valley electric so we now have access to 200 AMP electrical service and the trailer has power for the first time since September.

I fired up the sewage lift pump and it did run (thankfully) but did not turn off (sadly). The Sanitary district comes tomorrow to take a look.

The water pump is a goner, as is the AC condenser, plans are underway to future-flood-proof both replacements.

The deck survived fine, just lost the remaining lumber to finish it, no big deal to get replacement.

The house itself fared OK, the water got high enough to pull down the insulation and belly plastic, as well as destroy some vents. We’ll have to address all of that this spring. The skirting is destroyed, though I’m not losing sleep over that. I loaded up the skirting and took it to Colton to dispose of it.

The grass is very rough, as is the beach.

Plans are forming for repair and rebuild. Hopefully soon we’ll have more work to share.

One moment of excitement: a cow got out from the feed lot on the way down to the lake and I kept more from getting out and kept the one that did get out in place until Tim & Lori came and got it back in and repaired the fence.

Weather

Cool and cloudy, mid 50’s for a high. Calm winds.

People

Chris