|Bastrop State Park dam failure|
|Panorama of the state lake, drained|
For a change, it was actually not raining by the time I went to bed last night. DH wasn't home, as he was able to get the swing shift on maintenance at holiday pay +10% shift differential. So he went off to work before the late afternoon rains came and went.
Being on maintenance, he got the joy of driving all over NTX last night, trying to get cabinets back on power. He was supposed to get off around 23:30. It didn't quite happen that way.
On his last trouble ticket of the night, he discovered the tall grass in the bar ditch beside the cabinet wasn't as dry as it first appeared. His very heavy work van promptly got stuck.
I got a text from him, telling me he was stuck, and the county road he was on. Because I knew where that road was, I offered to bring out a tow chain so that when the midnight shift guy got to him, there would be a chain to help pull him out of the ditch. I told DH to send me a Glympse (gps tracking program) so I would know just where he was. He did so. I never got it.
When I got to the end of the county road in question, I called him, as he was nowhere to be seen. He asked what I was doing going that direction? It soon became clear that while I had indeed driven all of the county road I knew was numbered that way, there was another road with the same number a long ways from where I was. Figures....
Eventually I make my way out past the airport to the ditch wherein rested DH's work van. The mosquitos were so thick it was like fog...and me in not much more than the PJ's I was sleeping in when he first texted me! I realized that if DH had to wait until the midnight guy could get out there to tow him out, it was going to be after 02:00 before he got home. And DH had to be in at work today for his regular 07:00 shift.
So I decided to see if my old Toyota Sienna mini van would have enough engine to pull him out. DH got down in the ditch to hook the chain onto his van. After performing a graceful 18-point turn to get my Toyota turned around without getting stuck in the ditch myself, DH hooked the tow chain to my hitch. Putting it in Low, and taking it slow and easy, together we managed to pull/drive his van back onto pavement.
|Old picture of my van.|
|Our next round of storms.|