My new shop could be underwater right now...

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  1. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

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    I can't get back there to check on my shop, but word is this is the worst flood in 30yrs. Found this:

    Officials: About 100 people rescued in Southeast Austin | www.statesman.com

    The creek rose to 41ft, highest on record. The highest flooding was in the Bluff Springs area, which is exactly where my shop is. If you go to Google Maps and type in Bluff Springs, Austin, it'll almost center in on my shop :(
     
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    oh man......crossing fingers.
     
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    This is horrible news. Hope you're not up shit crick, and can pull through. 41' deep creek? Time to upgrade that thing to a river.
     
  4. skeels

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    I hope everything is alright man.
     
  5. Murkar

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    Yikes! That's crazy, hope that everything turns out alright Adam :(
     
  6. Adam

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    Still can't drive up... Road has some fallen trees and trailers and such strewn all over. Downed fences everywhere.

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    The beginning of the walk I saw the water line on the underpass, that waterline is 15-20 ft above the current water level (which is probably still high)... Bad sign...

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    The last picture screwed up, but that's a cactus about 10ft up in a tree...

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    This tree is directly across from our driveway...

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    That's the yard for the building in front of our shop...

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    Our driveway in the foreground, those trailers are from Vital Farms, they had massive damage.

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    That Jetta is up on top of that car... A trailer behind those cars is also tipped over, and I think a building collapsed behind it...

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    One of our fences...

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    Cars and semis bunched up together...

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    Those cars used to be lined up in a row... The lot we're on is also a repo yard, so all the repo cars all over the place floated around...


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    My jointer became unbolted from the base... Only the belt held it together.

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    The water reached the top of my bandsaw.

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    That's where my bench used to be...

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    And that's where it landed... Belt sander/disc sander came unbolted from my bench...

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    You can see a line on the upper bag on my sawdust collector where the water went to... There were also 2 totem pole type things that were picked up and moved around...

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    Other side of my bench, that upside down bench is the miter saw.

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    This table's entire MDF top was ripped off, it's sitting outside right now...

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    The drum builder's drums floated all over the place... His expensive mics and his router table were also underwater...

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    Outside, the garage door is basically ruined...

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    That blue dumpster way off in the background used to be about 60-70ft from where the shot was taken... The SUV was moved too...
     
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    My stuff is strewn all over outside and inside...

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    This shot shows the water level on the side of the building, about 5.5ft of water roared through.

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    My new fret slotting sled, ruined, and a waterlogged mahogany body blank that was going to be used for Crooks' V...

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    The brand new ash Strat body I got from AllParts, waterlogged... Next to it is a box of nice Forstner bits. All my sandpaper is soaked and muddy too...

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    Macassar ebony fretboard is likely ruined, the cocobolo board next to it might be ok...

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    Talk about a fish out of water...

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    Chickens from the farm roaming freely...

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    Who knows where this trailer started out...
     
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    Holy shit man...that--really--sucks
     
  9. skeels

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    Fuck man....

    skeels does not like this.

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    So sorry, man. I hope everyone is okay.
     
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    Oh damn! Terrible, terrible sight to see. I'm glad you are safe, the tools will come and go the same can't be said for your health. Be strong, someday this will all be a distant memory. Thanks for sharing and keep us updated.
     
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    Man, I'm really sorry to see all of this. I know how stoked you were to get in there.

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    So sorry, man. My dad's shop got hit during the flood of '93. The Mississippi river just took over. There was 6-8" of sludge everywhere that had to be cleaned. Once that water comes up, you're just completely at its mercy...a trait it is not known for.
     
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    Damn man...sorry to see this, that's awful :( If there is anything I can do to help out don't hesitate to let me know, I would be mortified if my shop was flooded out like this :O
     
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    Oh God! I am so sorry this has happened to you. I can't even begin to comprehend the sorrow you must feel.
     
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    My bandsaw's motor caught on fire after I cleaned it out and started it up. I'm going to let it sit for some time, might have just had some residual mineral spirits in it, and then I'll try it again, probably tomorrow or sometime this week. My belt sander/disc sander is toast, all the bearings are seized in the upper rotating assembly. Motor tries to turn but it just can't move those bearings.

    My drill press works perfectly, my Jet sawdust collector works perfectly (it has a sealed motor), my jointer's motor works perfectly (but I still took it apart and hosed it off, lubed bearings, will let it sit for some time), and my Porter Cable router still works flawlessly. Can't kill that thing! Looks like at worst I'll need a new motor for my bandsaw and to replace my belt/disc sander...
     
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    Excellent news! Thanks for the update. I read about the event in our daily paper on friday.
    Was Collings effected?
     
  18. Adam

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    Doubt it, they're way uphill.
     
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    I still took a big hit when it comes to my hand tools, either ruined or not accounted for. I also lost every single template I've ever made in MDF, which means I'm going to have to start completely over.
     
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    Adam, really sorry to hear about your new shop.
     

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