The weather system causing hurricaines in North Carolina is causing heavy thunderstorms here in New Jersey.
Because my back yard is poorly graded and doesn't drain water well, I gave it the name "Lake New Jersey." Typically the rain creates several small ponds. For the first time our yard is a real lake.
So I went to our basement to check for any signs of flooding. We have a french drain and two sump pumps. The pumps have been tested but never activated by the rain. While I didn't see any signs of flooding, I did see that one of our two sump pumps was unplugged. I plugged it in and for the first time I heard the whirr of a motor -- it was pumping! Good, and bad. I checked the other pump - it's not pumping -- yet.
Never underestimate the importance of good timing.