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It's Raining

I hear you all saying "duh!"  But I mean it's raining *inside.*  It's raining in the hall just outside of my cube.  It's raining in my boss' office.  I'm told it's raining upstairs in a corner of Affiliate Sales & Marketing.  I've stolen every recycling bin in the department to put under the drips.  It sounds like a babbling brook in my cube right now.

The roof of this building has leaked ever since we moved in here in 2001, so this is nothing new.  But it's never been this bad.  The new maintenance company (the owners sold the building to new people with new maintenance folks on January 1) is here, and is doing the best they can.  Right now that means that they're vacuuming up the mess where the sodden ceiling tiles fell in, and wet vacuuming up as much water as they can.  They're emptying the bins, which are filling up frighteningly quickly.  But until it stops raining and they can get a roofing contractor out to look at what's going on up there - all they can do empty the bins and vacuum the water out of the carpet.

I'm glad that I got all of the paper off of my boss' desk before that tile broke and crashed down.  Right now the desk has been shoved back towards the wall and covered with plastic.  I've emailed her with my recommendation that she work from home this afternoon as well.

I really wish you could hear it in here - it really sounds like I'm outside in the pouring rain.  At this point I just have to laugh at the whole thing.  It's funny, in an appalling sort of way.


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Feb. 14th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
During one of my long bouts of temping in California's recession, I took a part-time job with a group of community newspapers. The free sort that get delivered to your door and are stuffed with advertising to pay for it. Not much money in them, and they were overdue to move to a new building to boot. That was one leaky ceiling -- but incredibly enough it sounds like yours is worse.

One of the editors back then rigged up sort of a mini tent with black plastic bags because she'd just gotten a new(er) computer and didn't want to lose it. You're a camper...you could probably do miracles with a blue plastic tarp. ;) New ideas for the home improvement networks.

Have things dried out today now that the deluge finally stopped?

Yesterday was trash day and the hinged lid was left open. It had so much water that I tipped&drained it before I moving it.
Feb. 14th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
They've come in, cleaned the carpets, and have the industrial fans set up to dry things. The general consensus is that it'll just flood again next time it rains (say, Sunday) so there's no sense in trying to do repairs inside until they've fixed the cause. So Facilities came this morning and moved both Nell and Diane out of their offices into the vacant side of the building. On ten minutes notice. They figure Diane's office will have to be gutted because it's so damaged. Nell's will at least have to have the carpet pulled up. It's a complete disaster.

I haven't done any actual work since the first leak started at 9am yesterday. I just want to have a normal day.
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