Recalibrate After Accute Stress
If you watch the news at all then you know that the past week has been pretty traumatic. I happen to live in the Chicago area, in a house my husband and I moved into exactly a month ago. It took us over a year to sell our last house, then we lived with my parents for 6 weeks between houses, so having our own place again was finally starting to feel normal and I was beginning to de-compress from the stress of selling/buying/moving.
Then we got that damn storm. We don't live in a floodplain, in fact, we have a sloped backyard with a storm drain right in the middle. However, the storm sewers were so backed up that they were actually pumping water INTO our yard instead of draining water out. We ended up with 30 inches of water in our basement. The water was buidling up in our window wells and caused one window to bow in and another to shatter completely. The water was coming in so fast that in the span of an hour we went from having 5 inches of water to 30 inches. Our basement is over 2300 square feet, so we are talking about a TON of water.
I just can't seem to shake the anxiety I'm feeling about what happened. I keep picturing the water coming in those windows and re-living the fear I was having that it would reach the first floor and ruin absolutely everything we've worked for. We don't have flood insurance (this is really the first time it has rained at all since we moved in) and, even though our town was declared a federal disaster area, so far my research has said we're not going to receive any help. We've had to replace the windows as well as install a new water heater and furnace because of this storm. We lost the furniture we had down there, which luckily was not a ton, but still significant financially.
I don't know how to de-stress from this event. I've tried breathing exercises, but the anger and anxiety just keeps coming back. I'm so mad that this happened to us. Our last house flooded 2 days after we moved in, but that happened on the first floor (not the basement) due to defective plumbing and was "covered" by our insurance. I don't know how to stop feeling angry about this.