As it turned out, God let the waters come just up to the floor, but no higher.
One house, also on stilts, got 20 inches of water inside. But we were grateful that most of the damage was limited to washing machines that floated away.
Some of our neighbors lost crops and important household items.
The layer of mud left as the water receded was slippery, foul-smelling, and chocolate-colored. It covered everything!