major flooding on the homestead today. i live just west of gettysburg over the ridge and near the app. trail. i have no idea how much rain we have received on the past few days but the flooding came to my basement today. of course i was not prepared. the sump pump was not hooked up. when i did hook it up, the plastic flex line was leaking in three or four places from where i was moving stuff around this winter while fixing the fuel oil line. i was lucky to pull all of the leaky pipe out of the basement and stuff it into an old down spout i had laying around. that is a quick fix for now. a drain line from an old root cellar basement was plugged up and spouted out into my driveway. i just fixed that driveway. i added crusher run to build it up from normal wear several months ago and just patched a long term , reoccuring pothole at the bottom of the driveway. well so much for progress. :shrug: i now have an 8 inch gully that washed out from the flooding i will need to repair. i have a small cottage on a 100 x 110 lot down the street. last fall, heavy rain made one half of an old willow break off. it took a long time to clear as live willow is surprisingly hard to cut due to its gummy character. this spring, one half of the willow in that back yard broke off the same way. i had just finished clearing that mess when a very large oak that is marked to be sold this autumn fell over onto my uncle's precious yet unoccupied 1 acre that is in the middle of my timber lot. i spent all of last week clearing that and still have some to cut away for firewood so he can mow. now yesterday, while coming home from a stressful job search, i noticed the other half of the cottage lot's front willow had broken off. :grump: ok, all willows must die. they seem to be a pain. they were pruned for so many years, they had huge top-heavy knots at the top of the trunk causing the tree to split. never again after this is over. dadgummit! :grump: apart from my boo-hooing, i would just suggest to everyone to make your flood preps asap. you never know. take advantage of any chance you get to clear drains, prep sump pumps and trim your trees.