The cyclone that hit Chennai, India in November saturated the ground and filled area reservoirs. It continued to rain through the month, nearly beating a record set over 100 years ago. Then on December 2nd, Chennai got more rain in 24 hours than it normally gets in the entire month of December.
Our home was alright. We actually had power more often during the four days that our school was closed than we had during a break in early November. We had no internet service but hadn’t had any for a month anyway. (In fact, we’re now going on three full months without wired internet access at home.) A matter of poor timing, the pump that supplies water to our rooftop cistern that is used for showers, toilets and sinks was being repaired. We had a full cistern but no way to refill it and didn’t know how long we’d be without it.
Our generator had plenty of fuel (though the gas stations were rationing sales) and the local grocery store let us buy food on an IOU since credit card machines wouldn’t work and ATMs were out of cash. But we had plenty of movies, crafts, games, LEGO and puzzles to hole up for as long as needed.
We took in a friend and her newborn for a few days. We also had a family move their boxed up things into our home while they transitioned from the hotel into their new home. Their apartment ended up with about two feet of water inside so they had to relocate.
We got out bike riding and running a little too…