I woke up this morning with the sound of water dripping. Knowing that we have been expecting rain after the heaviest snowfall I have experienced living in my town in 31 years, it was a welcome sound as that much snow has greatly impacted our lives; children have been out of school for 9 days, roofs have collapsed due to the heavy weight of snow, the need to shovel snow off a roof has created a new business in town, driving has been hazardous, and showing property to prospective buyers (if they don't cancel) a huge challenge. We have been preparing for flooding as warmer temperatures melt the snow with sand bags available for pickup at various locations around town. And some schools were expected to open again today after engineers verified roof safety in lieu of an elementary school's gym roof collapse last week.
Much to my surprise, the water dripping I heard was not rain on the roof, but water dripping into my dining room window. And it wasn't just dripping, but rather pouring. An ice dam had developed outside this window and the water from the melting snow had no where to go due to the ice and frozen raingutter; the low point for the water to flow was into the house. My husband got a hammer and ladder, went outside and broke up the ice dam as quickly as possible. The water eventually stopped running into our home.
We had an office meeting today; one of the agents texted me this morning that she was missing due to having 5 separate roof leaks in her home with water pouring into her bedroom, powder room, bathroom, greatroom and kitchen. We are expecting the rain to continue for several days, and then the cold weather and snow is supposed to return. If we make it through this winter, I am sure it will be one for the books!