13 February 2014

Storm Sewer Babe

Storm Sewer Drain Cover, Charleston, S.C.
Not too shabby for a storm sewer drain cover.

Many years ago I fell in one down by White Point Gardens. The round over was loose and I was marching along quickly. I stepped on it, it flipped up and I fell in. I had nasty gashes on my legs and was lucky I didn't break both of them. I was able to get out and when I got home I called the city to report it so it wouldn't happen to someone else. A lady answered the phone and with a lazy drawl said, "you sound like you're alright". Yup. I could have snapped both my legs off but because I could talk she wasn't impressed.

I've been a little wary of these sewer covers ever since but this is a pretty one.

11 comments:

  1. you shoulda had a witness then youda hadda case

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    1. I am not much of a sewer......harhar,

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  2. Joan, doesn't the word Carolopolis have something to do with the fire department years and years ago?

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    1. Janie, you made me curious! I knew it was the name of the award that the Preservation Society gives to renovated properties so did some looking around. This is what I found: "Carolopolis is the Latin name of the City of Charleston (although, strictly speaking, polis is a Greek word). The city's Latin motto, "aedes mores juraque curat," means "she cares for her temples, customs, and laws."

      Interesting. I didn't find anything to do with the fire department though.

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  3. It looks quite distinctive.

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    1. I think it is rather pretty.

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  4. This might be the nicest storm sewer cover that I can remember.

    What a freak accident. I am amazed that the city worker was so uncaring.

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    1. It is attractive!

      It was rather startling at the time. I was just trying to prevent it from happening to anyone else but they didn't even seem to care where it was. One employee sure can damage a department's reputation.

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    2. Do you remember? I sure hope it has been fixed! You have now added a new item to my list of fears. I was already freaky about the grates on the sidewalks. Sigh.

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  5. Stay clear of storm sewer covers,
    They do tend to flip,
    And if you are not careful
    You might just take a dip!

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