Because there was so much water released in the offices by the broken sprinkler system (first it rained, then it flooded), the whole place has to be dried out to prevent mildew. So now there are about forty noisey green machines –high-powered fans and dehumidifiers — running night and day. It’s a little like trying to work inside a windstorm, so it seems ironic that we have a whirlwind painted on the wall of what used to be our conference room.

This is ground zero, where it all started, but now the custom desk and carpet are removed. Nice of the de-humidification company to bring decor-matching equipment.

Not only all carpet has to be removed, also all the ceilings and (wah) our beautiful tile floors. I think the hand-glazed walls may be the only thing safe from total replacement.

This was my office, peacefully drying out slides and papers. That was before they torn out the ceiling and the green machines blew papers all over the place.

My studio in the back of the warehouse fared pretty well, except water from the flood crept under the doors and into the carpet. It wicked across the room, spoiling lots of things I hide under the table and into the flannel on all my pin boards. So we’ve moved those down to dry.

What about all my fabrics, you may ask? All okay, except that I had them packed so tightly on the shelves, that just to be safe and prevent any potential mildew problems, I’ve moved them off the shelves so the de-humidifiers can circulate air around them. Tomorrow we’ll move more green machines back here. Some really nice art books are drying on the table, and Madalaine waits patiently for all this to be over.


  • I’m so sorry to hear that this happened to you! This happened at my home 4 years ago and it’s such a devastating feeling. It ruined artwork and all sorts of things. I’m glad that your fabrics are okay.

  • Oh, Pam, I don’t know if it helps you to much to hear that I sympathize with your problems from thousands miles away.
    I really hope that you will manage to recover soon.
    All my best wishes to you.

  • Oh my gosh, Pam. I’m so sad to see this. Believe me, I know what you’re going through! The greeen machines were in our house for 7 days (they thought it would only take 4 at most) and used so much energy I was able to make a case for our insurance to pay for it.

    The worst was when we moved in the basement after living in our bedroom for a couple of weeks, and they started ripping out our beautiful 100+ old maple floors. There were holes in the sub floor and I came home from work to a layer of dirt and debris covering EVERYTHING. I tried to explain to the guys that we were living, yes, living in the basement, but they just thought we were silly.

    It will get back to normal. Patience was key (and very hard) for me. Water is an amazingly pervasive element. Just make sure they get the place good and dry. Mildew is not a good thing.

    Sending warm wishes and good energy your way.

  • Oh Pam, I’m feeling your pain. Having worked in the insurance industry in a past life, I know exactly what you’re going through to rectify the damage in your beautiful studio. Bad things happen to the nicest people!!

  • Your recent posts have left me speechless. I’m happy to see that things are starting to move along for you and that despite the awful damage, it does seem that perhaps you haven’t lost things of most value to you.
    Aside from time.

  • Oh, Lordy! This is worse than I thought. If you have to have to have wind and dehumidifiers, it is good that they are lime green. I’m so happy that all your quilts were at the gallery and were spared.

  • I have been reading about your troubles with the storms. I hope you get everything back together. It’s too bad because you seemed to have put a lot of effort to get your studio/office building just the way you want it and now you have to do over. What city are you in?

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