Well folks, we’ve had a LONG weekend… I had planned to ride out to Kentucky on Friday morning for the Ramble Tamble. Instead I was awoken from my sleep at 2:45am to a call from the Fire Department. Apparently one of the very old sprinkler pipes had ruptured in the shop.
So I got to the shop as fast as I could…
Thats not good. not good at all. Apparently the pipe had ruptured, and the shutoff valve could not be found for a good 30-45 minutes or so once the Asheville Fire Department got there. (BTW, thanks to ALL of the AFD who were there that night, it was a sigh of relief to be surrounded by some great folks in such a stressful moment)
The best part? The pipe that burst, filled the office ceiling with water until my office caved in…
Man, you would never think 4-5″ of water could do soo much damage…
It filled the office ceiling with water
until it couldn’t handle the weight, and collapsed – ruining all of our
office computers, printers, about 50% of our inventory and all of my
baby girl (Rebecca) stuff that I keep at the shop. You see, without my
office and without the things for her, I cannot work at the shop. I
bring my baby girl to the shop everyday, and keep her safe and sound in
the office as I work.
office is a total loss, we are hoping to strip all of the drywall this
week and insulation, and start the rebuilding process. We could use
building materials or funds to help get those as well.
We lost a
ton of inventory, as well as all of our packing/shipping supplies and
other stuff that comes with running our business.
matters worse, we tried to get flood insurance about a year ago, but
since we are in the flood plain, it was astronomically high. Fast
forward to today, and now the river is rising and rising FAST!
I will be having a “flood sale” on the blog (as soon as
I can find a computer that will let me upload images from my phone,
mine is trashed of course) in order to help raise money ourselves as
well. I will have lots of bikes, parts, frames, and other stuff for
If you are local, and have a Pack and Play (baby crib), a
decent laptop/computer, or other supplies we can use – feel free to