r/oddlyterrifying Sep 29 '22 Defeated 2 Facepalm 1

"Riding out the storm" in the attic. A friend's elderly dad sent this photo to him at 7:30 PM last night after the storm waters filled his first floor home. My friend has not yet been able to contact his dad since. Nightmare!

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u/jnelparty Sep 29 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Crab Rave Brighten My Day

Update. Apparently my friend's dad has been rescued. I have no other details, but thankfully, he's safe.

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u/SalemJ91 Sep 29 '22

Thanks for the update! Been thinking a lot about everyone down there today and glad to see one good story coming out of it so far.

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u/BritaB23 Sep 29 '22

Good news!

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u/moobeat Sep 29 '22

phew, thankful to hear there was a rescue. what random timing. i stumble on this one from another thread, frantically click user name hoping for an update, and see this positive ending posted like a minute ago.

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u/tastybabysoup Sep 29 '22

get this to the top of the page. after 6 hours its what i came here looking to read. fuck yeah

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u/Desperate-Ad-4020 Sep 29 '22

Great to hear! Thanks for the update

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u/_grumble_bear_ Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Blimey, thank goodness for that.

It’s easy to forget that there’s a real person behind every Reddit post. I’m really glad this chap is okay. Thanks for the update OP.

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u/CommishGoodell Sep 29 '22

Hopefully he keeps an axe in the attic. After Katrina I’ll never not have one up there.

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u/fruitfiction Sep 29 '22

Exactly my thoughts. Too many people have died in their attics during flooding.

I hope to whoever that man has a way out and that this isn't one of the last images his family receives.

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u/ninas_crazy_world Sep 29 '22

After the Johnstown Flood (name any of the years) they've found people who lived through the flood put then perished shortly after because of being trapped in their attics. So it's very common to find axes in our attics.

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u/gospdrcr000 Sep 29 '22

I have an extra axe BRB gotta put it in the attic

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u/ninas_crazy_world Sep 29 '22

I know it sounds absolutely stupid but you never know! Even in the event of a fire it can come in handy if your passage ways are blocked!

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u/gospdrcr000 Sep 29 '22

Makes sense to me, never thought about it before, I'm 90ft above sea level, with a house on a hill. If we're up to the attic flooding levels, I'm probably already dead anyway

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u/ninas_crazy_world Sep 29 '22

Yeah you got serious problems if you're getting flooded!...but could come handy in a fire or whatever situation you might come across

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u/falderol Sep 29 '22

If they are thinking that far ahead, they need to turn the gable vents into doors.

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u/TheRealWookyMonster Sep 29 '22

Not all attics have gables

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u/ninas_crazy_world Sep 29 '22

If they do have gables good luck fitting an adult sized person through them! I'm a small female and my ass couldn't fit through the gables in my attic.

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u/the_red_phone Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Can they not swim out and then like find a door? Am I missing something? I assume there’s pressure on the door so maybe you can’t open it, but wouldn’t there be a hole somewhere to swim out of if the water is coming in that fast?

Sorry

Edit: thanks for not being dicks

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u/gfkjhsdfjhgsdjghf Sep 29 '22

Especially if you are elderly like OOP's friend's dad.

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u/snytax Sep 29 '22

Oh yeah there's a reason why only the most insane among divers enjoy long caves or structure dives. Even with the ability to breathe underwater all it takes is a few moments of panic and you are a goner.

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u/UufTheTank Sep 29 '22

This is also IRL not a video game. You’d get ONE attempt to not die after spending a weekend trapped in an attic. It’s a cold, dark, disgusting probably 100 foot dive on 1 breath.

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u/HiGround8108 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Judging by the edema, I doubt their lungs and heart are in any shape to deal with navigating through that water.

Edit: for autocorrect. Christ! Their lungs are not kings.

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u/big_duo3674 Sep 29 '22

Yeah, but maybe their bishops are. Rooks at the very least

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u/ScientificBeastMode Sep 29 '22

If only he hadn’t lost his queen to that other guy years ago…

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u/eggo_pirate Sep 29 '22

That's the first thing I saw. Poor guy is probably on diuretics and other meds, too, that he can't access. I hope he gets help

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u/vulpesvulpesfugit Sep 29 '22

I noticed that too, honestly this guy's legs make me think he should already be receiving medical care

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u/MatureUsername69 Sep 29 '22

My autocorrect changed my 1 letter error in the word 'porch' to fucking 'Lichtenstein' the other day. I've never typed Lichtenstein in my life.

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u/omgFWTbear Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Yeah, I took Brazilian jiu jitsu in my 20s, which if GP hasn’t, almost entirely consists of fit 20 something men choking you to near the point of blacking out. Similar to a Mike Tyson quote along the lines of, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face,” I strongly recommend anyone with ideas about holding their breath and swimming underwater while fumbling with a door to ask for a “choke submission demonstration until you tap out,” in jiu jitsu.

(Edit: Bonus points, ask a friend to start and stop a stopwatch from when the choke is applied, to when “you” tap out. Solid money says the average person triples, to straight up adds a zero, the length of time they lasted. “Oh, I can make it 30 seconds!” > makes it 3 seconds)

The TLDR is that everyone has a substantially misplaced confidence that requires training in advance of the time you need it to not make fatal mistakes while fighting for survival against one’s own lungs.

Edit to address a dozen comments: I am not suggesting BJJ training will prepare you for swimming in a storm. I am suggesting a relatively easy way to get an appropriate humbling in “how I will mishandle my oxygen budget when surprised” is to be a novice and get that first time demonstration. Much like many people imagine they can do all kinds of cool fighting stuff and last forever, people in thread imagine they can do cool swimming stuff and last forever. In both situations, the environment - a large fit man trying to choke you, or nature redecorating your neighborhood - will humble one, quickly, and with surprise.

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u/ScientificBeastMode Sep 29 '22

That’s so true. Also, lots of people don’t realize how insanely difficult it can be to even swing a door open underwater. It’s like moving a 200-pound weight.

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u/HockeyCoachHere Sep 29 '22

And if it's against a flood current, it's NOT moving. Period.

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u/Martina420 Sep 29 '22

I think the main issue would be the strong current and all the debris it carries- if you happen to be calm and fit enough to hold your breath, find a hole and swim out you’ll probably be whacked over the skull by your neighbors fridge two minutes later.

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u/Greeneee- Sep 29 '22

Also it's almost impossible to find your way outside if you have to swim underwater through a few rooms.

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u/Swords_and_Words Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

scuba diver: can confirm that your sense of direction is utterly wrecked when underwater navigating in a closed space with turns and pockets

edit: I'm just an amateur diver, but there is nothing that turns the head of the shop pros like saying 'I think I'll do a wreck dive today' You will never have so many people ask about your diving experience in so short a time; every last one of them knows someone who died or nearly died from something stupid while in a confined space, and none of them want you leaving that shop to become another story

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u/Deathwatch72 Sep 29 '22

Its also gonna be pitch black and no one has a mask so the water and all the nasty stuff in it will irritate the eyes.

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u/Bulky-Yam4206 Sep 29 '22

Going by his legs, I don't think this dude exercises.

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u/Diabeast_5 Sep 29 '22

Yah also a bit swollen. Hopefully he's got that checked out.

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u/Martina420 Sep 29 '22

He’s got them heart failure ankles

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u/omgitsjagen Sep 29 '22

You shouldn't be sorry for asking. That's a very good question!

It's INCREDIBLY dangerous to swim in flood waters. Currents, debris, electricity...you just don't know what you're getting into when you dive into those waters. Something like this makes rip currents feel like a kiddie pool. Especially while everything is going on, it is not survivable unless you get incredibly lucky.

I'm a very strong swimmer, and in good shape, and I wouldn't even dream of attempting to swim unless absolutely the last resort. I guess, "I'm about to die in this attic 'cause I'm running out of room", would definitely qualify as last resort. However, once the water started coming in, that was the time to go. Water will be probably too brackish and fast moving for you to be able to navigate out of your house.

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u/StealthSpheesSheip Sep 29 '22

Also I assume gators are out there

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u/omgitsjagen Sep 29 '22

Oh yeah. Very good point. Wasn't even thinking about the wildlife.

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u/Incontinento Sep 29 '22

Snakes too.

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u/PMMeShyNudes Sep 29 '22

The Tampa estuary would bring in bull sharks as well, which haven't the least bit of concern whether the water is salty or fresh.

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u/Stewart_Games Sep 29 '22

And the fire ants. Their colonies form living rafts by linking all of their legs together. It's just a ball, a ball of thousands of ants with painful, painful stingers.

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u/tvtoad50 Sep 29 '22

I can handle the idea of swimming with alligators and snakes, sharks, whatever. But I want no part ever in swimming with fire ants.

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u/12342345345645675678 Sep 29 '22

Idk shit about this but i assume a lot of people stay in the attic until water starts coming into the attic. At that point the floor below is totally full and the water is so murky its impossible to see in. Once the attic begins to fill up they have to try to swim through the water blind to find a door and when they’re unable to do so they drown.

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u/megs151 Sep 29 '22

That or your other option is to stay in the attic where you likely don’t have water. If the flood water doesn’t recede quickly (it took days after Katrina), you are stuck in a room without ventilation, without water, in the southern heat. Most died from a combo of dehydration and heat stroke.

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u/superkp Sep 29 '22

without ventilation

Reasonably sure that most attics are required to have a vent to the outside.

But I suppose that only means there's enough air getting in. Likely does nothing for the heat.

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u/reefered_beans Sep 29 '22

Reminds me of those scenes in titanic

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u/Squally160 Sep 29 '22

Debris and things can come and clog up your exits, even if you know exactly where to go. As well depending on where your entrance is, it might just be too far to get to an exit, anyways.

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u/aliens8myhomework Sep 29 '22

Hold your breath and walk through your house, now imagine having to exert yourself physically, probably more than you’ve ever had to do in your entire life, to fight against rushing water in full clothing, while also afraid for your life

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u/Desperate-Strategy10 Sep 29 '22

And close your eyes while you do it, cuz you definitely can't see anything in that water. And imagine all of your stuff crashing into you. I'd be really shocked if anybody could survive that...hope that guy survived...

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u/cave-of-mayo-11 Sep 29 '22

The water in hurricane conditions is usually filthy as well, and its commonly dark due to loss of power. Good luck finding your way swimming to the door lol. Its a shit situation to be sure.

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u/Licentious_Cad Sep 29 '22

You'd be swimming through murky debris-filled water with zero visibility and likely a strong current.

So you're blind, and you probably have one shot to find a door or window and hope to god it's not blocked by debris or water pressure.

Assuming you're even healthy enough to do something like that. Elderly and Disabled people wouldn't even be able to attempt it.

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u/Eskaminagaga Sep 29 '22

Exactly, my brother's wife's brother had to break a hole in their roof and climb on top during Hurricaine Harvey. If they didn't do that, they would have been underwater.

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u/Swords_and_Words Sep 29 '22

as much trouble as they are to install and maintain, this is why attic skylights are thing to consider when a roof is being replaced

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u/DK_Notice Sep 29 '22

He didn’t even take the time to put some better shoes on. Unfortunately, I doubt there’s been much preparation at all.

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u/BobSacamano47 Sep 29 '22

His new balances were still in the dryer

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u/rudbek-of-rudbek Sep 29 '22

Feel bad for this guy, but this is exactly why when they say, "everyone needs to evacuate today" people should do it. Guys like this (I totally hope he gets saved) put other people at risk having to be the weather to save people that should have left

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u/Iredditfromwork Sep 29 '22

Yea, I’m shocked at how many posts I’m seeing of people who didn’t evacuate.

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u/clubba Sep 29 '22

u/jabberminor this is a good idea, and you seem to be the most recently active mod

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u/CybReader Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22 Eureka!

I grew up in a hurricane prone region. We were raised knowing if you have to go high, take an ax and crowbar with you. To hack your way through the attic/roof is you have to go higher.

Just a little bit of info for anyone reading who may find themselves in this situation one day. Ive met people who didn’t know and it never crossed their minds.

Hope your friends dad is ok, OP. This must be terrifying for you.

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u/zazvorniki Sep 29 '22

Yep, I lived in the keys during all the 04-05 hurricanes. We kept a ladder next to the attic and an ax in the attic in case we had to burst through.

Even though I’m in central Florida now I still keep and ax in the attic

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u/serenwipiti Sep 29 '22

"Flood-able" homes should have some sort of escape hatch at the top.

(...one that doesn't allow water in of course..)

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u/Unlucky-Pomegranate3 Sep 29 '22

Building codes in these regions account now for “Hurricane Straps” but that’s just to keep the roofs from blowing away.

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u/Govt-Issue-SexRobot Sep 29 '22

Oh shit

So just use the axe to chop those, grab a joist and fly away to safety

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u/Unlucky-Pomegranate3 Sep 29 '22

Perfect plan until you land by that Tiger Shark swimming down Main Street.

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u/MILLIONS_OF_WASPS Sep 29 '22

Land on top of the tiger shark and ride your new aquatic stallion to rescue

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u/TiransFolly Sep 29 '22

They damn well do and whenever I do framing those are the things I give 1000 percent to doing right and sturdy.

Non structural door header a little out of whack? Meh it's 90 degrees and already 345

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u/ZXFT Sep 29 '22

Sounds like the header is perfect if it's 90 degrees!

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u/TiransFolly Sep 29 '22

That is hands down a top 10 Dad joke.

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u/mattchewy43 Sep 29 '22

Building codes changed a lot after Hurricane Andrew.

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u/sth128 Sep 29 '22

No building is water proof.

... If you have enough water

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u/zazvorniki Sep 29 '22

During a Hurricane any house is flood-able

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u/SG_UnchartedWorlds Sep 29 '22

As a bonus you get free re-location out to the Atlantic.

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u/KiloEchoNiner Sep 29 '22

100%

I saw a picture like this about a decade ago and my first thought was, what if the water keeps rising and doesn’t stop?

You drown in your attic.

Axe, crowbar, battery powered saws all, something to get out and onto your roof.

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u/AmmotheDoberman Sep 29 '22

Yes lots of people did in New Orleans.

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u/SuperHottSauce Sep 29 '22

I was down there for relief efforts, homes were searched and marked for the building status. The number of homes I saw that had markings indicating bodies were found in them was very tragic.

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u/myarmadillosclaws Sep 29 '22

There are still marked houses. That city is good at remembering its dead.

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u/ADrunkMexican Sep 29 '22

Yeah, I was in New Orleans in 2010 or 2011. I thought it was odd they still had those markings on the houses.

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u/crabwhisperer Sep 29 '22

You drown in your attic.

Actually you probably drown trying to find the door or a window to swim out of. I can only imagine that moment when the water is like a foot below the attic door and you can still make it to a door or window - when you make that final decision - do I risk swimming out into the street where I'll probably get sucked down by a current or killed by debris, or do I risk the water filling the attic. Horrifying.

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u/AmmotheDoberman Sep 29 '22

Yep and also rope in case you have to tie yourself to something so you don’t get blown away in the winds. I was a couple weeks old in an attic for Hurricane Betsy. I have a big plastic bin and put everything I need for my dog and I so I can move it up each floor if necessary. Food, water, meds etc.

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u/early_birdy Sep 29 '22

Great advice.

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u/AmmotheDoberman Sep 29 '22

Thank you! I even have a life preserver for my dog and a special bright orange floating rope leash. If he goes down we’re going down together!

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u/ImaginaryRoads Sep 29 '22

My neighborhood is not generally prone to flooding. After Katrina, when people died because they got trapped in their attic, I put a bracket on my attic wall. It holds a hatchet so I can chop my way out onto the roof if I need to.

I fully recognize that this is astronomically unlikely, given where I live. And then every so often I run across pictures like OP's, and I am comforted by the knowledge that I have a hatchet secured to a cinderblock wall in my attic. I'll add a crowbar sometime later this week.

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u/ThePigsPajamas Sep 29 '22

I live near a beach in Nj and have never thought about this. I’m definitely gonna take this advice, but both and keep them in my attic now.

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u/2LiveBoo Sep 29 '22

Yep. Axe is in the attic. Crow bar hangs on the door at foot of attic steps. Oh and baseball bat in footwell of truck and another under my bed. But that’s a whole other thing. Hope to never use either!

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u/iamtheyeti311 Sep 29 '22

Just keep the baseball glove in your car =D

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u/Tangled2 Sep 29 '22

We got ourselves a regular Kevin McCallister over here.

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u/Ok-Boysenberry-2955 Sep 29 '22

This is a fantastic safety tip people don't think of. A hatchet is rather inexpensive at a hardware store.

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u/JungsWetDream Sep 29 '22

Just make sure to sharpen the blade if you get a hatchet. A fireman’s axe is best for the task, but a hatchet might be a better option if you have less swinging space, but hatchets typically come pretty dull so you can sharpen it for your preferred task. You want a really sharp edge for emergency use, as you’re not worried about durability, whereas most axes and hatchets are designed to be used repeatedly over time. If you can fork out the money, tactical “breaching” hatchets and tomahawks are available. They can get incredibly expensive ($1k or more for some hot brands that have contracts with SpecOps groups), but anything not Chinese will work 10x better than a normal wood chopper.

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u/Roland_Bodel_the_2nd Sep 29 '22

great reddit business idea:

"tactical hurricane hatchets", custom-sharpened for breaking through your roof from the inside, only $2k

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u/BohemianChickie Sep 29 '22

Wow! This is a super good tip to post elsewhere on a subreddit with life hacks/tips too! You could save lives. I've not heard it before but I'm near Charlotte NC area and don't live in a flood prone area.

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u/smom Sep 29 '22

This became more we'll known after Katrina. Lots of dead bodies found in attics, so sad.

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u/TwistedNJaded Sep 29 '22

I’m along the sound, we know this rule here.

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u/Reddcity Sep 29 '22

Just keep a jug of water and koolaid and when shit gets rough call upon the koolaid man god to bust through the roof and save u!

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u/-O-0-0-O- Sep 29 '22

I was scrolling comments looking for this information, hoping he had a maul to break through the roof if necessary

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u/Key-Combination-8111 Sep 29 '22

Oh shit... That's not good at all.

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u/Silvershark1 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22 Gold

I know right? Idahoan instant mashed potatoes taste like shit

I know I have broken the hearts of many people, committed blasphemy, been a little goober. I have decided to apologize for my mistakes and repent

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u/acemandrs Sep 29 '22

Man, I could live on these. I am also an Idahoan myself and worked in a plant where they are made. Maybe a bit biased, but I do like them.

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u/SucksToYourAssmar3 Sep 29 '22

It takes surprisingly few packages to fill a bathtub, as well.

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u/DrumasaurusRex Sep 29 '22

How many we talking?

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u/mandyj0306 Sep 29 '22

I love them! They can be doctored up (fully loaded) and are really good!

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u/JimJimmery Sep 29 '22

Big ol' bowl with butter, salt, and pepper. So good.

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u/AmmotheDoberman Sep 29 '22

I like to mix in sour cream :)

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u/JimJimmery Sep 29 '22

Nothing wrong with a dollop or sour cream! Hell, throw some cheese and bacon in there too. Maybe some scallions. Mmmmm

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u/excaligirltoo Sep 29 '22

Yeah those are awesome!

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u/siccoblue Sep 29 '22

As another Idahoan, which obviously makes me a foremost expert on everything potato. I have to agree. They're aite

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u/Fantastic-Pop-9122 Sep 29 '22

Well now i have to ask, can you please simply explain the process of how they're made?

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u/acemandrs Sep 29 '22

Potatoes are actually mostly water (I think something like 97%) so they dehydrate them completely which basically just leaves a fluff that gets mixed with some flavor and preservatives.

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u/theconsummatedragon Sep 29 '22

Make mashed potatoes, spread into thin layer, dehydrate, profit

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u/GirlNumber20 Sep 29 '22

Sometimes I use them to make potato gnocchi when I’m too lazy to cook potatoes for it. They work all right in a pinch.

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u/Onilakon Sep 29 '22

Gtfo, so many flavors, cheap delicious and you only need water

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u/stefaelia Sep 29 '22

Looks like he’s got plenty of water

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u/apittsburghoriginal Sep 29 '22 Silver

Maybe hurricane flood water will give it the flavor it’s been missing though

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u/highlandpolo6 Sep 29 '22

YOU TAKE THAT BACK 🥺

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u/Medium_Medium Sep 29 '22

But only a handful of those packages would soak up all that water real nice. They'd still have a problem, but a much different problem.

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u/greazyninja Sep 29 '22

You didn’t have to say elderly dad in the title, the socks and sandals said it by themselves.

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u/RoachDNA Sep 29 '22

Don’t forget the foreskin on the knee

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u/Love_God551 Sep 29 '22

I hate you (as I look at my own knees)

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u/holy-f0ck Sep 29 '22

Must be hung:)

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u/theconsummatedragon Sep 29 '22

balls hanging down to his knees maybe

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u/catsgreaterthanpeopl Sep 29 '22

And the swollen left ankle

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u/serenwipiti Sep 29 '22

Yeah, the lymphedema was enough.

Poor guy.

I hope he's ok.

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u/Abysssion Sep 29 '22

those legs look 100% diabetic

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u/Expensive_Leave_6339 Sep 29 '22

I thought it was the socks and sandals that were oddly terrifying.

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u/Upper-Comparison-590 Sep 29 '22

O shite! I have family in Cape Coral and Pine Island that stayed. Can’t reach them now.

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u/mr_znaeb Sep 29 '22

Often cell towers get wrecked as well. After the hurricane last year I didn’t have phone service for a week or two.

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u/NatiAti513 Sep 29 '22

Power is out, so phones are likely dead and without access to cars, their resources to charge the phones are limited. These things happen during a hurricane. I’ve been through about 8 of them in my lifetime, and it is incredibly anxious, I know, but they are more than likely safe!

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u/buttstuff1920 Sep 29 '22

Used to live in Port charlotte/punta gorda and I got word from them saying that the service is very spotty. Be patient

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u/No_Country_1495 Sep 29 '22

Dafuq is the plan if and when the water reaches the access hatch?!

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u/pickleranger Sep 29 '22

This is why people in coastal cities need to store a hatchet in the attic :(

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u/ComprehensiveDoubt55 Sep 29 '22

Louisiana native here. I grew up hearing this because of the stories of people drowning in their attics during Betsy and Camille.

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u/mr_znaeb Sep 29 '22

Usually there’s an ax in the attic for last minute escapes.

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u/hmarieb263 Sep 29 '22

Through and onto the roof, assuming you planned ahead and have something stashed away in the attic to break through the roof.

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u/books_n_deadlifts Sep 29 '22

this isn't oddly terrifying. this is terrifying.

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u/rstart78 Sep 29 '22

I truly thought after Hurricane Katrina that we all learned if you are in a hurricane prone area and take shelter in an attic you need an axe or hatchet with you

I truly hope his dad makes it through this, my brother and parents live in Port Charlotte, so I know the uneasiness

Thankfully I've heard from family this morning

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u/_needsomebunny Sep 29 '22

That's what we always did. If unable to evacuate, prepare to try and survive

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u/starlord97 Sep 29 '22

Satellite coverage and cell towers are down so itll be a while before we hear from anyone in southern Fl

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u/look_ima_frog Sep 29 '22

I have three employees there. They have all checked in. One other fellow who works with us had power the entire time, never lost it. The other two have no power, but all mobile services are working fine. Been messaging with them all night. Now one guy is just sitting around sweating in the dark watching movies on his phone (he has a battery array that will keep him charged for up to a week). They're all in central Tampa.

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u/IamtheBlackLizards Sep 29 '22

Tampa is a couple hours drive from ground zero. Tampa (and the rest of the state) got pretty lucky as far as lack of storm surge and lack of wind.

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u/SolsticeofReach Sep 29 '22

“When life brings you floods, Idahoan mashed potatoes will be there.”

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u/PirbyKuckett Sep 29 '22

Smart idea. Put enough dried instant potatoes in there to soak up all the water, then all you have to do is eat your way out. Or make a gravy dam at the door.

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u/fujidust Sep 29 '22

These ads are getting out of hand.

But seriously I love those.

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u/edwardothegreatest Sep 29 '22

Hope he’s got his meds.

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u/mellifluouslimerence Sep 29 '22

Pretty sure he has edema.

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u/Aggressive_Position2 Sep 29 '22

If I was your friend, I'd get a boat and head over to my dads house asap.

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u/jnelparty Sep 29 '22

They live half a country away. Dad was hoping he could share on social media and see if anyone nearby could come rescue.

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u/Tattooingbiker Sep 29 '22

Where's he at? What part of Florida?

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u/Aggressive_Position2 Sep 29 '22

Damn.. that's rough.. Hoping he's ok. 🙏

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u/no-one-but-crow Sep 29 '22

please update us when you find out good news.

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u/SurrealRareAvis Sep 29 '22

O man!

Rooting for you ( and friend and his dad) ; feel for you; know you’re not alone.

If possible, please update when able.

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u/Constant-Bet-6600 Sep 29 '22

Safety tip: If you live in an area where you may have to retreat to the attic to avoid flooding, store an axe up there in an easy to access spot. If the waters keep rising, you may need to chop your way out through the roof.

I hope he's okay.

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u/MasterBates723 Sep 29 '22

Dudes gonna need more instant potatoes than that to soak up all that water

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u/super-me-5000 Sep 29 '22

Elderly parents can really be heartbreakingly set in their ways.

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u/vasDcrakGaming Sep 29 '22

Looks like he has heart problems aswell as evidence of those swollen legs

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u/afitztru Sep 29 '22

I was just thinking he might have wanted to evacuate to hospital. Wow so sad.

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u/ghettoccult_nerd Sep 29 '22

oh yes, powerful contaminated water has ravaged my home. and stranded me in my attic.

how oddly terrifying...

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u/Dude_Named_Chris Sep 29 '22

WTF IS UP WITH PEOPLE POSTING NORMAL TERRIFYING STUFF HERE? WHAT'S ODD ABOUT A NATURAL DISASTER BEING TERRIFYING

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u/filet_of_cactus Sep 29 '22

Judging by the dependent edema and shiny, discolored ankle skin, he also has heart failure.

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u/jnelparty Sep 29 '22

Just to be clear, this is not my dad and as everyone know old people do things their way and there's nothing anyone can do to change their mind even when those decisions are stupid. I do not know anything about this man's cognitive abilities but nobody deserves to drown in their attic. My hope in posting this was to bring attention to his situation and hope someone local could help. I have responded privately and publicly to those who have asked.

The state of Florida and the Cajun Navy have been notified. If someone is in Ft Meyers Beach and thinks they might be able to assist. Please reach out.

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u/MorteEtDabo Sep 29 '22

That's gonna be so many potatoes!

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u/BipolarSkeleton Sep 29 '22

If I have learned anything in my life it’s to not climb into your fucking attics during flooding

And I don’t even liver where hurricanes or flooding happens

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u/mr_znaeb Sep 29 '22

Nah we keep an ax in the attic in Louisiana just for this.

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u/gasfarmah Sep 29 '22

There's really not much to a roof. Shingles, underlayment, and then OSB or strapping - depending on the age of the house. You can hack through a roof from the topside with an axe pretty quickly.

..I should mention I know this from fire school. Not from being an axe murderer.

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u/Turakamu Sep 29 '22

Didn't think of you as a an axe murderer until you brought it up

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u/DanksterTV Sep 29 '22

You'd be surprised how fast you can get through a barrier when you and your family's lives depend on it

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u/Umbreony Sep 29 '22

i always wondered this, if it's flooded, does it get in your house? and if so, does your outlets gets to be the danger zone?

idk what i'd do if i was in the middle of the flood like this x_x be safe! and everyone in this situation D: hopefully it passes soon and i really hope your friend is alright! ack

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u/e13music Sep 29 '22

Most people in the affected areas have lost power already so I would only assume that he’s safe from that issue at least.

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u/mr_znaeb Sep 29 '22

Power is usually out before major flooding. Mostly from wind and debris.

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u/snowboardak34 Sep 29 '22

He put way too much water in the mashed potatoes

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u/Unfair-Sell-5109 Sep 29 '22

The crocs scare me..

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u/trader2O Sep 29 '22

Can we get an update on this person?

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u/Atmosphere_Melodic Sep 29 '22

This is a really stupid question I know, but when people are told to evacuate, where are they supposed to go? Is there any help for people that don't have family/friends/funds for a hotel.

I can't even imagine how terrifying this must be. To watch your home be destroyed and also fearful for your life.

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u/huitzilopochtla Sep 29 '22

New England coastal city dweller here - they usually set up shelters in local schools (cots in the gym, showers in locker rooms, etc). Depends on how high the schools are relative to anticipated flooding, but they tell you exactly where to go.

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u/BooooHissss Sep 29 '22

The problem with shelters is they don't allow pets. I know this doesn't affect everyone, but I remember watching a storm a few years ago and there were people at the shelter being turned away because they had their pets with them. I dunno, I guess personally rather sit it out in my car and possibly drown with my pets then throw them to the storm. They don't understand. That news segment still haunts me.

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u/AwkwardNarwhal5855 Sep 29 '22

What was his reason for not evacuating?

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u/ISNT_A_ROBOT Sep 29 '22

Idk about the guy in OPs pic but I have extended family that stayed because “the media always blows everything out of proportion to scare people into watching news so they can have higher ratings.”

They’re in Cape Coral.

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u/MamaSquash8013 Sep 29 '22

That's so Florida of them.

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u/Shadow1787 Sep 29 '22

And then expect fema and governmental money while blocking aid when sandy hit the north east.

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u/ARKHAM-KNlGHT Sep 29 '22

Why the hell are people like this? If the media advises I should get the hell out, I would. Exaggerated or not it's better to be safe than I don't know...dead?!

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u/IndiBoy22 Sep 29 '22

I'm sure they still think the media is lying about Ian and its impact, huh?

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u/mrsdoubleu Sep 29 '22

Even if true, I'd rather be safe than sorry...or dead

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u/wingsfield Sep 29 '22

How is this oddly terrifying??? It’s just plain right terrifying, it’s annoying to see people not know what “oddly terrifying” means.