Went to pick up the kids today from a sleep over at their cousin's. On the way back, stopped by and had dinner with my mom. Left around 8:30 to come home and my hubby called to say that it was raining really really hard at the house and to take my time getting home. When we got home, as I'm coming down the main road, I see limbs down all over the place, trees split. I turned down my road and see several trees down almost across the road, and a TORRENT of water running down the street. We live on 5 acres, with a creek running through the property to the left of our house. We've been here 14+ years and NEVER NEVER NEVER had the creek come out of the banks. When I rounded the end of the drive I see our side yard and realize there is no creek bank anymore - the creek is out of the banks and in our yard. I run out to check on the animals. The chickens have some high ground in their run , so they are all soaked but OK. The baby chicks (6 wks) were too stupid to get into their shelter and they are chilled and soaked, but on high ground at least. I went out and water is flowing IN the outbuilding. My very geriatric ouside dog is up to her elbows in flood water. I pulled her in the building into the kennel run in there. Then out to check the peafowl - they are knee deep in water all through their run and in their shelter too. I holler for my daughter to bring the drill so I can put their perch back up (I took it down for nesting season). So, I get their perch back up i nside the shelter, and pick up the very wet peafowl and get them on the perch out of the flood water. Of course they weren't so thrilled about that, so I got flogged with soggy peapoop filled flood water all over me... Then back out to get the baby chicks in. They are 6 wks old, but as I said before very stupid and soggy at this point. So, DD and I collected them all up and put inside the building back in the brooder again with a heat lamp for the night. A quick check on the guinea pigs - they are soaking wet, but out of the flood water, so OK for now. (they have a predator proof run they live in like a little fence on the ground) Whew...all present and accounted for... no losses but everyone is totally bedraggled and soaked. Bad news is our garden is completely washed away. It was just a little tiny plot of corn and beans, But the kids were so proud of it, and our beans were just about the bloom. I'm sure there will be nothing left when the water receeds - it was running though there really fast. Also we lost a few big limbs off trees, and one of our apple trees totally blew over. And it's raining hard....now.... again... :| Whew - what a night's excitement! At least I know that everyone is up off the ground and should be safe for the night. It is just a flash flood here. It give me a real perspective on what those folks are going through with the levees breaking along the Mississippi. I really have nothing to complain about - even if it is record high water levels for us - our home is dry and the animals are all safe and sound. My hubby took some pics - I'll have to post them when he gets them downloaded off the cam.