Well, a storm is nothing new in Connecticut this winter, but this time Mother Nature is throwing rain at us instead of snow. Ordinarily, folks would say, "Hey, great! Precipitation we don't have to shovel!"
Except that this time we're having heavy rain (1.5 inches in one day is considered a lot) + temperatures near 50 degrees + snowmelt (many of us still have a couple of feet of snow on the ground).
All of this is adding up to flooding concerns for tomorrow (Friday). The newscasts tonight were full of interviews with fire departments and public works officials warning folks of basement flooding. (The first floor of a home that sits at the bottom of even a small slope, never mind a hill, could have a dicey day if there's too much rain and snowmelt and not enough drainage routes outside the home.)
And if that's not enough, NBC Connecticut is saying that "another soaking rain, with even higher flooding concerns, arrives on Monday." One interviewee, as well as the meteorologists, have said that the flood risk is so high (because of the snowmelt) that even folks who have never had problems with flooding could have problems over the next few days.
So why am I writing about this here? Because there's some folks who (regrettably) keep their pets in the basement, everything from hamsters to turtles to guinea pigs and rabbits to dogs who are kept in crates so they don't tear the house apart while no one is home. If there's flooding, the animals are going to be in a very bad spot -- or possibly worse. (Of lesser concern: all their supplies that you keep downstairs would be ruined by flood water.)
So, do your critters a favor, and move them and their cages, tanks, or crates upstairs to "higher ground." Even if your space doesn't get flooded, your peace of mind -- and your pets' safety -- is well worth the effort of a temporary relocation.
And, who knows? You may even so enjoy having your critters in the center of all your family's action that you decide to make the relocation permanent.