Have I mentioned the McMansions that have been built in my neighborhood? First they knock down a three or four bedroom two story house from the fifties or sixties. Then they build something twice as big. I think the village has mandated that all new construction must be ugly. The builders are required to use lots of weird looking brick, add a funny turret accessory, and be sure there's a giant cyrstal chandelier hanging in the ginormous window over the front door.
That's pretty much what got built on the lot behind me last year. Starting Friday, we got "Iked" over the weekend. My yard looks like Lake Michigan. I walked out back and the water is a foot deep in the shallow places.
That's because the ugly new house behind me is not only so large that there's virtually no yard, plus it's built on a hill, so all the water comes running my way, because it no longer has anywhere else to go.
In thirty years I have NEVER had this much water in my back yard. Even during the floods of '82 and '87, which were almost as bad, there was just a six inch deep fish pond sized puddle in the low spot. Today my entire yard is under water.
More importantly, in the old days, the water used to drain within 24 hours. This stuff isn't going any place for a long time.
P.S. The water is all gone -- it drained very quickly. Phew.