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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Flood Update

To our great relief, our insurance is going to cover the great flood of 2008. It’s a good thing--check out the damage.

Everything has to go—even the drywall.

The problem is with the city’s sewer system, and the City of Toronto has been ridiculously unhelpful. I called them Tuesday night, and no one has been here yet. City of Toronto: you suck. Stop giving yourselves raises, and work on our infrastructure.

To add insult to injury, the street was full of contractors yesterday, working on the cleanup. The police came by and gave them all parking tickets (without warning). Yet they’re never around when people speed down my one-way street, going the wrong way. City of Toronto Police: you suck too.

On a positive note, in light of the insurance coverage, I am making my list of ruined items as, ahem, complete as possible. And McHotty and I are finally going to upgrade our Ikea furniture. Can anyone recommend a good furniture store?



Anonymous Nav said...

Sorry to hear about the flooding Julie - but glad to know that insurance is covering it. Hopefully, that new Sony Reader can keep you entertained in the meantime (so jealous!) :)

10:08 AM  
Blogger Assertagirl said...

Phew! Glad insurance is covering your losses.

11:49 AM  
Blogger sam said...

Gosh. That's horrible. I can't believe it!

Tell me you just got water and not the sewage that backed up...

11:51 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Sam: The city can't seem to tell us if it's just water or sewage. They still haven't even bothered to show up and take a look! I called them Tuesday night.

12:00 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Oh, and Nav: the Sony Reader rocks!

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Frances said...

I called Tuesday night too, and no one's shown up here either.

12:14 PM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

Oh. My. God.

Julie - I'm so sorry. What a fucking pain in the ass.

The cops giving the contractors tickets would have pushed me over the edge.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Norman said...

The flood of 08 kicks the ass of the flood of 07
The shitty city was unbelievably unhelpful for us too.

Just write your reps and make sure you get on the list to have the issue fixed so it doesn't happen again.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Norman said...

thats me again

no idea why the banker keeps trying to hijack my blogging

lisa b

5:25 PM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

Oh, that's some crazy shit. Seriously, I'm so sorry. This would drive me insane.

Completely unrelated - but did I miss that you got a Sony Reader? Please tell me you'll be reviewing it... I've been lusting for awhile, and would love to know if its worth the plunge.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Mamalooper said...

Big kah kah on the flooding. We just finished redoing our basement and I was STRESSED that we would have some flooding. Luckily we are okay.....

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Josh said...

Empty wine bottles and children's books, or full wine bottles and children's books?

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Redneck Mommy said...


That's so horrid! I'm so sorry. How sucky is the City of TO and the police peeps to ticket the contractors helping out FLOOD victims.

I hope the mess is cleaned up quickly and you get spanky new furniture in the process.


9:58 PM  
Blogger Marla said...

(flinching) Horrors!

Want to feel better/worse? John at Pentimento Gallery lost over a hundred G worth of art.

Sorry Julie, it really sucks.

11:45 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Oh shit.

I hope it is not shit. water that is.

You live in a hood full of beautiful furniture. Get yourself some sweet things.

8:10 PM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

Ugh. City's responsible for it, but only manages to show up to ticket the people who are helping? Double ugh.

Hope the clean up goes smoothly.

4:44 PM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

Oh no, your lovely, lovely basement! Hope it all gets worked out soon. What a bummer.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

oh. so sorry. our sump pump broke during a rain storm and our recroom was ruined. Our house was FOR SALE at the same time. ugh.

Good luck getting things sorted out QUICKLY!

8:55 AM  
Blogger Beck said...

AT least your insurance company isn't screwing you around, right? But that just stinks...

9:04 AM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

That is really awful. Even with it getting paid for, it's still a major pain in the ass to have to get your house worked on. (Trust me... I know!)

It was an unusually brutal downpour, and I don't think I know anyone who didn't have some water, even here on top of the hill. So hopefully you won't have to deal with it again, oh, let's say, EVER.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Denguy said...

For the police to come by, some one must have complained that they couldn't park.

We shopped at Sears Home for our last furniture purchase.

1:21 PM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

That totally sucks!!! poor you!
what's up with the city of T.O. anyhow? pathetic...

Crate & Barrel is opening in a month or so (at Yorkdale)
Pottery-barn does have excellent quality sofas.
Pavilion on queen w. also has a good selection of nice contemporary pieces (and great for smaller spaces)
I personally love GH Johnston on dupont.
absolutely no merchandising in the store but lots of really good deals.
depending on you insurance company...Elte? ;

I hope the mess gets cleaned up quickly and good thing it's summer so Cakes can play outside while it's all happening.
good luck.

8:56 AM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

oh and is that Don Cheadle getting a parking ticket?

9:05 AM  
Blogger Urban Daddy said...

WOW. That is awful. I had no idea. It rained a lot here in North York, but I did not hear about flooding. Oddly enough when we moved 5 blocks from Toronto to North York we found that come times of heavy rain, in Toronto the sewers backed up but in North York the rain water disappeared as fast as it landed. Even in the summer, in Toronto the sewers smell, but in North York they don't. It's odd.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Oh, how horrible! I'm so sorry you had a flood--they are not fun, not one bit.

You are very lucky that insurance is covering it though....our insurance covered our first flood (due to a broken toilet), but won't cover our current water issue in our basement.

7:40 AM  

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