Adios, Flood House!

Those of you who have known me through the years are probably familiar with the floods my house sustained in 2006 and 2011. Well, after eight years of ownership, I am closing the sale of this house today.

Since the last flood, Fairfax County approved the building of a levee. The levee hasn’t been built yet, but in another five to seven years, it should make a great difference.

Further, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in favor of a case in which I am the lead plaintiff to sue VDOT for filling in the run behind our house. We will finally have our day in court.

I am so happy to be rid of this burden.

The last flood was disturbing enough to cause us to move, and simply rent the old house out. A then almost one year old Soleil was upset for days, and I vowed that I would never willingly put my daughter at risk again. After that we lost $250 a month on rent (market value was not in line with the mortgage payment). But those monthly losses were nothing compared to the big hits.

Each flood cost me tens of thousands of dollars in uninsured damages (flood insurance does less than you would think). The final sale price is $60,000 less than the original purchase price of 2005.

Plus each flood produced significant strain on our marriage, and added immense stress to our lives.

Just this past weekend after three days of rain, the flood warnings were issued. We had to wait it out, as we had so many storms before, at least two a year. Thankfully the waters didn’t rise high enough to reach the street. Can you imagine another flood one week prior to closing?

No, I am quite glad to see this “investment” go to someone else.

Here’s to letting go of dark chapters.