A water heater rupture . . .
-in a basement filled with cardboard boxes filled with my roomie's teaching supplies.
A major hurricaine and devastating flood . . .
-right after my Brother's family moved to Louisiana and just dedicated the new church building the weekend before.
A severe ice storm . . .
-that took down forests of trees and knocked out power for 2 weeks during a sub-zero winter in New England.
A ruptured water pipe . . .
-in the second floor bathroom of an unoccupied home.
I, (who have slept through chainsaws), awoke- running down the basement stairs and shut off the water.
-5 boxes were lost, (contents saved) out of 100+, (and I gave up having an indoor pool).
Family escaped to high ground.
-minimal damage to house and church . . . all things considered.
We had cut down many scary trees, in my yard, the summer before and I was able to keep the house sort of warm with the kitchen gas stove.
-my neighbors stayed very warm else where, but at home, all their water pipes froze and ruptured down 3 levels. It took them a year of rebuilding.
Only 20 min. of water pouring out, because someone happened to be there.
-carpets, walls, ceiling, wood flooring, etc., BUT, only in one 2 level section of the house.
. . . Yeah, it stinks.
But like the Israelites arriving at the Red Sea with the Egyptian Army hot on their tails . . .
"Damn, that's alot of water!"
. . . and then you see the other side.