On Sunday, October 28, 2018 we were headed home from a week long trip at Allegany State Park. During the 7 1/2 hour drive we received a text from our neighbors across the street, asking if we knew that a storm had come through and there was a flood in our hood. Our vacation was 'unplugged' so we were completely unaware that a nor'easter had hit the east coast. With this storm came intense coastal flooding.
I didn't realize how serious this flood was until the neighbors sent a photo of our recycle bin floating in front of their door, which was consistently alarming their RING app.
We have resided in Connecticut now for over 4 months and have been curious about this 'flood' situation ever since we moved in. What will happen? How bad will it be? How often will we get flooding?
Our house is built on 15' stilts and our realtor was adamant that if we purchase a house in this area, it needed to be a 'lifted' house. We now know that having anything in the garage that isn't 'at least' 4-5' off the ground, will end up taking a swim at some point.
Another neighbor who sent us the first picture in this blog post, said that the street alarms went off and everyone in my neighborhood was evacuated. I wished we were here to have been able to move the vehicle from the garage and protect my lawn mower and other items...
Interestingly, less than 48 hours later you wouldn't even know there was a flood. The water went back where it belongs, the neighbors all squeegeed out their garages and the town came and picked up trash while cleaning the streets. It all happened so fast. We will be trading in our push broom for a squeegee.
Many of our friends and family back home have asked what happened, so I thought this post would help answer some of their questions.
I moved to the Point Beach neighborhood in Milford, Connecticut in June of 2018 - these are my experiences of owning a new beach home and relocating to unfamiliar territory. ~ Shelly Straub