Brian thought the best place to start structurally would be to open the hatch into the crawl space (mud hole) and see if anything needed supporting or lifting - since our home is sitting on wooden beams. Oh! What a problem that turned out to be. The entire space under our house was filled with water! We don't have a basement just this muddy crawlspace. So now to pump it all out. A neighbour had a sump we could use and Brian went to work... drilling a hole in the wall to feed the pipe out and 1.5 hours of straight out pumping... so much water. The next step was to put in a permanent pump.
What a day! Several trips to town before everything we needed was purchased... and every trip is 20 - 30 minutes one way! Then the crawling in and out of the muddy hole - and showers in between each time. Yes, I do declare this the worst day ever for my husband!
Here are some pictures so you can get a little feel for the space he's been working in and maybe you can feel sorry for him too (and say a prayer or two) :-)