Although I’m used to summer thunderstorms, this region has been hit with a record amount of rain this year.
I’m lucky that my home’s foundation is high up and has yet to flood in 20 years of living here, but there are low points in my yard that fill with so much water it looks like I have a creek out back. When the rain comes on suddenly, it’s definitely a “flash” flood in every sense of the word. There was catastrophic flash flooding in Tennessee this last weekend and the pictures and stories from survivors are absolutely terrifying. Sometimes flood waters get stuck behind embankments, buildings, and other natural and manmade obstacles, and these barriers temporarily dam the waters from going further. When one of these obstacles suddenly gives out, the water will rush into lower lying areas like a literal tsunami. We haven’t had any flooding like that in my area, but we’re seeing the craziest amount of frogs and lizards that I have ever seen because of the daily rainfall. Unfortunately, the frogs and lizards leave behind droppings wherever they go. One place that has become a favorite of theirs is my air conditioner condenser unit outside. Aside from leaving droppings on the HVAC condenser’s metal enclosure, they also climb inside and often get caught in the fan blades, unfortunately. It’s not only sad to see, but it’s also frustrating to clean. I know someone who had to get his compressor replaced after a frog climbed into his condenser and managed to become lodged in the gears for the fan motor.
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