Our basement flooded this morning. Fortunately, it was not widespread, but unfortunately, it was right where I keep my stash!
I woke up to heavy rain, and when I looked outside the street was flooded, so I went straight down to the basement. The usual problem areas looked ok, but then I heard water rushing in the room where I keep my stash. I'm sure you can imagine my horror when I saw that the window well (like the one in the photo) was completely full of water. It was gushing through the seams in the glass and literally falling in a little waterfall down my plastic storage bins.
So much water fell so quickly that our neighbourhood storm sewers were completely overloaded, so all the water from the eavestroughs and window wells had nowhere to go. On the side of the house that flooded you can see how the water was running over the grass:
Fortunately we were able to bail out the window well just as the rain was slowing down, so the damage seems confined to just the one room. Thank goodness for the plastic bins, because it doesn't look like any of my stash was damaged, even in the bins that were directly under the waterfall. Several other cardboard boxes were damaged, but I don't think I had anything too fragile in them. The carpet will probably have to be removed, and maybe the plywood subfloor as well. Fortunately again, it was just rainwater and not sewage, otherwise this would all be another story!
There's nothing like a minor disaster to make you realize that you have too much stuff. Hopefully this will motivate us to do some clearing out!