I love Active Rain but that does not mean that I love the "Rain"...especially when it causes delays to projects including my own!
Once upon a time the beginning of Summer in Southwest Louisiana was bright and sunny and the grass was green! New Construction homes were going up quickly, landscapers and yard crews were busy and home improvement projects were started by many homeowners including me!
Earlier this summer were finally decided to put a pool in our backyard. As a full time Lake Charles Realtor married to a loan officer, we don't get to take a vacation very often. The summer is usually the busiest time of the year so we decided to turn our backyard into a stay at home vacation we can enjoy throughout the year!
The pool contractor said we were in prime pool digging time in June with the sunny summer, so we planned to begin on June 19. Of course it rained on June 19 making the yard soggy but the contractor said he could overcome that with plywood boards....so the next day the project began in a week of record breaking HOT temperatures and sunshine.
The pool was dug in one day on June 20
The path to the backyard involved traveling across the front yard with loads of dirt and a Bobcat
The gunite is sprayed in and plumbing lines laid on Day 2-3. Then we had to wait a week while the gunite set up
A week later after the 4th of July the brick couping was installed and the workers rushed to beat the rain headed our way....then work halted.
That was over 10 days ago.....it has been raining for a week with more rain in the forecast.
This is my dog Rosie just looking for a spot of grass but alas...it is all mud, my dogs world has been turned upside down
and this is the muddy side of my house with access to the backyard
Monday July 9 the first wave of the rainfall came like a monsoon and filled the pool
Friday July 13 the heavy rains continued and the rainfall accumulated through the week. Now the water is to top of the bar stools.
Heavy rainfall not only halts construction projects but it creates flooding in low areas here in Louisiana. Our rivers and bayous rise quickly and are at maximum levels. Many workers have lost time off from work due to the rain. 1-2 days of rain is manageable but downpours and a forecast of rain for 2 weeks with no end in sight is frustrating and we are breaking weather records. Rain affects everything!! There seems to be a wave parked over Southwest Louisiana of tropical depression that just won't lift.
While I am waiting on my own backyard stay-cation oasis to be finished something tells me I should have joined my friends vacationing in Destin, Florida where the sun is shining!!