It’s been over three months since my home and layout building flooded. Both have since been dried out and are waiting for reconstruction. The building inspector must certify the structures before the walls can be closed in. However the inspection department is grossly overloaded, and the inspector is nowhere in sight! It’s been several weeks since I received my building permit, but I’m dead in the water until the official shows up.
I thought I’d post a few photos showing the “cleaned up” train room and shop. Fortunately, the layout itself has received no significant damage, as only the legs and bracing got wet. It has all been sprayed with a mold killing chemical to insure there won’t be a future problem there.
Here’s the first view of the layout room. As you can see, the carpet, and the bottom 30″ of gypsum board and wall insulation have been removed and disposed of. Things are dried out pretty well now. I still have to pack away all of the stuff on top of the layout. In the minutes before the flood (yes, that’s all the time I had) I piled everything I could on top in an effort to (hopefully) minimize damage.
This is a view from the diagonal corner of the room. Note the flood water silt still covering the black chair base. Many things from the house have since migrated to this resting place in order to clear the house for remediation, and will have to be packed up and put into storage before reconstruction commences in this building.
The upper half of the shop is relatively unscathed. However, all of the base cabinets (and much of the contents) were ruined and have been thrown out. For the time being, I no longer have a workbench (though I wouldn’t be using it now anyhow).
I don’t plan to spend much effort out here until the house itself is complete and I’ve moved back in. But eventually this building will recover, and I’ll be back at layout construction once again.
I’m glad to hear that you are progressing in getting back towards normal. May the building inspector arrive soon and get you moving once again.
Jack, wishing you the best in reconstructing both your home and layout.
Thanks for the well wishes, guys. Hopefully by next Thanksgiving this will all be a distant memory and trains will be roaring down a scenic mainline.