Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The Flash Flood at our Office
Yesterday, after returning from lunch several people ran inside shouting "Don't go outside! It's a gullywasher!" Of course, I ran to the window to see the hardest rain shower I've ever seen in California. And, it didn't taper off after a couple minutes like they usually do. It kept going for 20 minutes at that rate and then tapered off a little for the next hour. We were estimating it rained about 2 inches in the hour.
About 5 minutes into the torrent, the front desk sent a message to the whole office that the parking garage was flooding.
Most people got their cars moved before it got too deep. The two cars in the back of the photo fared the worst. You can see a guy crawling in through his trunk to avoid opening his doors. He was able to move his car. The Audi next to it was completely flooded in the engine compartment and had to be towed. But, not before the owner (one of our marketing guys) waded out in his tighty-whities to try to start it.
Of course, my bike was happily stowed away in the indoor bike parking....