My BF’s parents have a house 30 minutes from us that’s we’re responsible for tending to since they moved 4 hours away 7 or 8 months ago for BF’s father’s job. We’d gone about four weeks ago but the old mower wouldn’t work so we just did some laundry (we’d have to pay at our apartment complex) and went home. Finally BF’s father just sent money for a new mower so we went hurrying over since the grass would be pretty long. We pull up and . . . the grass was already mowed. The neighbor across the street started walking over, so we prepared to thank her profusely until she says, “You need to know what’s been going on here and call your parents.” Uh oh.
Apparently a pipe broke in the basement. The house wasn’t really flooded since the sump pump was doing its job well. Too well. There was water spraying from the house for two weeks, apparently. Completely flooded a neighbor’s yard, destroyed the gravel road, and made the grass grow extra fast, to about neck-high. No one knew what to do about it since no one could get in to turn it off. All the neighbors were super angry and took it out on our nice neighbor lady. The health department, and gas guy, and whoever is responsible for the roads showed up and couldn’t do much except turn off the gas and say the road needed completely redone after it rained on top of all the flooding. Even the sheriff tried to get in. Eventually our neighbor broke in and turned the water off. She then proceeded to mow the lawn in ankle-deep water. At some point in this story the police checked the house for dead bodies. She was so upset and worried BF’s parents would charge her for breaking and entering to turn off the water, she’d felt nauseous for the past several days, but they’re very appreciative.
She will definitely be rewarded to help make up for all her work and the stress this situation has caused her.