It rained a lot this morning and parts of Louisville flooded. That's nobody's fault but that bitter cunt Mother Nature, but there was an incident that once again reflected poorly on the city's ability to handle anything beyond "75 and sunny".
Due to the flooding, heavy traffic, and overall shittiness of the morning, our store wasn't very busy this a.m., so my cigarette-smoking coworkers were toking up on the company dime even more than usual. One of them noticed a lot of smoke coming from the apartment complex behind our shopping center. It was pretty obvious that lightening had hit a building and started a pretty major fire.
Since we're nothing if not good citizens, we tried to call 911. There was no answer.
Let me repeat that: 911 did not answer our call. Or the one after that. Or the one after that. Or...you get the picture. I guess in hindsight we could have called a fire department directly, but isn't the point of 911 that you don't have to have the number of a police/fire department handy?
I realize the city was incredibly fucked up this morning, but no answer at all? No recording? No elevator music? No "Please press '1' if you can see a building burning to the ground"?
We do have a posted phone number to the Hurstbourne Acres police chief, so we called him and he used his magic Batman phone to alert the proper authorities. Five different fire departments arrived shortly thereafter, and the firemen did a fine job of keeping the blaze contained to the one building.
Given the unusal circumstances of the day, was I wrong to expect someone to answer the phone?