The Flood

December 8, 2012

It is rainy season here in Angola, and the rain comes down fast and heavy. As there is only surface drainage, our road becomes a river every time it rains. The construction company across the street has diverted all the rain water around their complex into our ‘river,’ and today that river flowed into our house.

The drain pipe in the back of our yard was overwhelmed with the amount of water coming in, and it backed all the way up to flow into our front door. From the time we noticed the rising water (with an inch still to spare) to the time it had flowed through the living room and covered our bedroom was less than a minute.

Danny ran outside to try to build up a barrier to keep the water from coming in, finally realized that was futile, and then knocked a big hole in the back wall of our yard for more drainage. By that time the water was over two feet high in the yard and 5 inches in parts of the house. Ellie and I, meanwhile, after throwing the few things we could out of harm’s way (which wasn’t much), were frantically scooping buckets of water and dumping them down the toilet.

We called Jordan and Nathan who got here in time to begin sweeping the water out of the house and the long process of mopping the muddy floors and going through sopping items. Danny knocked a whole in the back wall of the house as well to drain the water.

Just another day on the front in Angola… Please pray for sun so that we can dry out everything and for rejuvenation, the last month has been exhausting.

Eliana 'guarding' our door so thing don't float away
Eliana 'guarding' our door so things don't float away

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