Yesterday it rained so hard and for so long that we had major flooding -- in the yard, and POURING in our basement walls. Like a waterfall in one section. I ruined my shoes wandering around in ankle deep cold water, moving things, and then I started carting things upstairs to give away, loading up the truck with stuff. And the dumpster. Nothing like a flood of water to make one declutter.
Doug developed a hose system with a sump pump in a lawnchair in one of the major lakes in the yard (about 2 feet deep), and pumped it out onto the street, where it filtered into the storm sewers. Our whole house was surrounded by water. I thought I lived on an island for a day.
We were both pretty worn out by the time the day ended.