Just a few puddles are all that's left on Pine Road in Dover Township after last week's monstrous two-day storm dumped about 9 inches of rain on the area.
But the residents - some of whom have their homes on wheels - are still reeling from the storm, which caused the nearby Conewago Creek to flood.
"My car was under water," said Jennifer Lynes, pointing out her compact Buick, which she imagines is now totaled.
She had left her home on Thursday night, when rescue crews came through and made residents evacuate.
And on Sunday afternoon, it looked as if Lynes was having a yard sale: The leather recliner, suede couch and TV stand sitting on her front lawn looked to be in good condition. That is, until one noticed the suede was sopping wet.
Recovery: All of Lynes' furniture, beds, dressers and clothes were ruined, she said, although she did manage to salvage some clothes that were stored up high.
Even her PlayStation was ruined, pouring rainwater from its disc slot when a friend picked it up.
Lynes was in good company. Her neighbors were out and about, cleaning out their homes and enlisting the help of family and friends.
Earl Landis has lived in the neighborhood for two years. Fortunately for him, his family always moves their cars up the hill when there's a flood.
"That's the first thing we do," he said, noting that a similar rain event happened in September of last year.
It was the fourth flood he's experienced in his two years in his home, he said.
"There was no notice that this was gonna come up and hit us this hard," he said.
Not official: And hard it did hit: A boat was lodged in a tree, and a hot tub floated five blocks up the road, finally settling under the bridge across Route 74 among a mound of tree branches.
Last year, officials dug the creek deeper, but that obviously proved futile, said Melissa Landis.
"It's one crazy mess," she said.
Last year's September flood was nothing compared to this one, Landis said. But last year's event was deemed an official flood, with FEMA crews even coming to help residents out.
This one isn't officially a flood; it's just rain, she said, although the American Red Cross came through to administer water, snacks and small cleanup kits.
"(But) a bucket and a mop isn't gonna help this," she said.
Emotions: After experiencing so many floods, Landis said she knows the stages that go along with it: First it's sadness, then anger. But it's good to keep your spirits high, she said.
"You gotta make jokes. If you don't, you just cry," she said. "And just hope that you have a house to come back to."
On the first day of clean up, she and six helpers filled up trash bags every minute, she said, working until 5 a.m. - only to get right back at it at 9 the same morning.
And what makes it worse is when onlookers roll by slowly to gawk at the ruined furniture in her front yard, she said.
"My life's an open book, and it's all in my front yard," she said.
The whole first floor of her home - including furniture, all her favorite cookbooks and a 55-inch TV she's had for more than 20 years - essentially became garbage this weekend, she said.
"It wasn't garbage a couple days ago," she said. "I was sitting on that couch three days ago."
- Reach Mollie Durkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.