Western WA is woefully unprepared for So far, the power has stayed on at my house - the power has been out at my friend's house since yesterday morning. Last night, i took a look at the front of the house, and the amount of snow and the lack of real drainage except for one grate at the far end of the yard. i SHOULD have realized there might be a problem earlier, but was more worried about the power while it was so i got out the shovel and dug a trench from the driveway to the grate and shoveled what i could away from the garage door. Depending on how fast the stuff melts, and which direction it winds up going, there was a good possibility of water getting under the garage door and into the garage, which means also into the first floor of the house as well. Damage would be considered "flood" and NOT covered by insurance.
This morning, my solution didn't look all that great, and there were some small trees down across the entire width of the road (hidden under the snow). Fortunately for me, a neighbor up the road was willing to take me to Home Depot for a solution, and, as he is a great snow driver, get us out of the development in his Subaru. Driving it past someone in a Jeep who was calling for a tow truck to get him up our hill.
We got to Home Depot, and they were already sold out of all of the stuff you could use to make a barrier against the melting snow. One salesgirl suggested stuffing plastic bags under the door. A salesman came up with a better solution - a plastic doohickey to stick under the door. As we were going to pay for that, we ran into a third salesperson. HE told us they HAD some bags of road gravel that would do the trick, that they hadn't sold ONLY because they were stacked in an area of their lot that their forklift couldn't get to. My neighbor offered to try his luck with the Subaru. The salesman wouldn't let him do it, and instead took his own Forerunner and got enough bags of the stuff to stretch across the door.
My nice neighbor wanted to buy some firesticks, but Home Depot was sold out of those as well. He decided to try the Walmart, also sold out. Fortunately, the Walmart was teeming with toys and candy and stuff for Valentine's Day. So i bought a stuffed toy for each of my neighbor's kids, a couple of little hearts full of candy, and some better, i.e. adult worthy candy- Ferrero Rocher, Dove, and Ghirardelli. i knew he wouldn't take any $$$s for helping me out, but the kids are, of course, a soft spot.
He also put the bags, too heavy for me, up against the door.