The pre-dawn sound of running water in my apartment woke me up fast. Water was pouring through the kitchen ceiling from the apartment above. The volume of water overwhelmed all the buckets and pails I had on hand and my son and I lugged many down the stairs to dump outside. The ceiling, already damaged from a previous incident, started falling. The water began dripping in the front room as well, as I searched for plastic drop cloths to protect what I could.
It's now 8:23 a.m. and everything is a big mess. The cat is in hiding and we are looking at a massive cleanup ahead of us. Wish us luck - and be careful out there, the day seems to be living up to its reputation.