Sunday, March 2, 2008

Row row row your boat...3 (2008)

Thursday 28th of February started out hectic for me, but not nearly as hectic as it ended up being. The kids at the factory ended up saving our neck.

In the first video you can see a car that was floating towards our store. Luckily, the bars that I had installed on the curb stopped its progress. The kids thought that the store window was going to break against the onslaught of waves from the passing buses that went by, but the glass held.

This street gets flooded every year. We knew that and that is why we installed these metal flood doors in front of the store and inside behind the garage door. We also gave the building some height. In the past, the flood doors would keep the water at bay, but this time it was higher.

One of the kids filmed these on his phone. I was out running an errand when the storm hit and I was trying to make it back to the factory, but it was impossible. I was hoping to at least cut off the access to the street to make sure that the buses would not try to go through.

The water ended up going higher than what is shown in either of these videos. The water line itself did not end up going over the flood doors, but the waves did.

In the end, there was no damage done from the water. We did loose a batch of brownies though due to the lack of electricity that hit while they were in the oven.

These kids kept the water from reaching our elevator shaft through quick thinking on their end. I am actually very proud of them.

The mayor of the city has promised that he will make the necessary improvements to the city so that these floods do not happen again. This is a mayor with a goal set on the President´s chair in the future, so he might actually do something about this. In any case, I will wait and see.

Some more positive things I took from this event came from Edenor. They came out and made improvements to the substation that houses the transformer serving our block. Apparently they physically moved the transformer so that it would be out of reach of the water or at least it would not be as exposed to flooding as it has in the past. I wrote about the last flood in post 1 and 2 titled "Row Row Row Your Boat". They even informed us as to when they were going to cut electricity, and when they had to enter our factory they even took their muddy boots off. They kept the downtime to a minimum and came around to do a final check before they left for the day. Now that is class and great customer service.


99 said...

I´m happy that you didn´t have major damages.
Did you get any water last night over there? I heard that it happened again...
Wish you all the luck. Cuidate Frank.

Anonymous said...

Glad, to hear that you did not suffer much damage from the flooding.

And here I am being mildly put off by the cold London mornings while waiting for Spring.

Mind you, there have been some quite strong gale force winds in this part of the world recently.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the comments. After I wrote the post I looked out the window and jumped into my car to try and find a way to get to the factory. It got flooded again and I had to leave the car parked in Juan B. Justo and had to roll up the pants to get to the building. This time I was manning the buckets by myself. Fortunately, it did not get as high as last week´s flood.

Nancy (aka Dalila) said...

Hi Frank,
This one was really bad. I´m glad you didn´t have major damages. Interesting comment about Edenor.
Take care,

Anonymous said...

Q lo parió!...
También me alegro que no hayas tenido "mayores" problemas...
Veremos si Macri realmente hace algo, o si es uno más en la lista de "Los que dijeron pero no hicieron nada..."

Un abrazo, Frank!
(el otro dia me di cuenta de que la mamá de Miranda todavía recuerda tus cookies del Blogfest!!! XD )

Unknown said...

Hola 2clicks!

"Mayores" era una forma de decir que los productos no fueron afectados. Tuvimos un poco de suerte y safamos en unas cosas, pero en otras no tanto.

Las arquitectas regresaron y se están reuniendo con varios proveedores para arreglar lo que sí se daño.

También espero ansiosamente ese día que empiece a ver mejoras. Por ahora, con los arreglos de Edenor pude ver que con la segunda inundación la luz no fallo. Thumbs-up para Edenor.

Algunos de estos días tendrías que pasar por el local para que la pobre no siga recorriendo a su memoria y las vuelva a probar.

Pasa y te invito a un café.


Longhorn Dave said...

Glad we didn't get back in town any earlier. I heard it was bad but didn't know just how bad until I saw your post.

Glad everything is OK.

Hopefully we can get the sun out this week so my son and I can go to the park.

Unknown said...

Hi Longhorn,

Glad to hear that you are back in BA. You are very lucky to have missed this one.