It turns out that Milburn is in an area prone to flooding thanks to the river nearby. My sister's house had flooded a few years ago and it looks like it's deja vu all over again. On the plus side, her house is actually higher up then all of her neighbors. Here are some of the pictures she sent.
This is the view out her front door from a couple hours ago. That's Jeff out there surveying the new river they have running past the property. As you can see, the property is on an upslope which no doubt helps a lot given just how much water overflowed the banks.
The rising water is actually putting one of the cars at risk. Even though the rain has pretty much stopped, the water is continuing to rise and probably will continue to do so for a while yet as all the rainfall in other areas pool down. They moved it about as high up the driveway as it can go but there's still a chance the water will get high enough to at least partially flood the interior. You can also see the only neighbor of theirs who also has some elevation to their property. I'm told that every single other house around them has so much water around them that if they opened their front doors, a wave would wash inside.
Here's another shot of the flooding. Connie took this to give my mom an idea of just how much water there is, which is pretty much useless for me since I don't remember how high the flowerbed was to begin with. I'm guessing at least a couple feet though.
The worst part is that her basement is completely flooded up to a foot. I thought it was just seepage from the crazy amounts of water but it turns out that there's actually very little general seepage. Instead, the entire sewer system backs up during floods, meaning that sewage is gushing out of the toilet and shower down there. Yeck. It has already destroyed a fridge, the wood floors, and a bunch of toys/books/and other odds and ends. If you think about it though, her house might have had the least damage out of any in the neighborhood given its relative height. All the others probably have first floor damage to boot. It's going to cost some unlucky insurance company millions, if not billions to fix this crap. The one thing you can bet on is insurance premiums will go up.