Zooming in we can see this:
So, then we opened the door to the house and stepped in about 1 cm of water. It was hard to see how water got into the house, when there was a steady stream in the garage, until we looked in the last room on the first floor:
Notice the "alien pods" on the ceiling:
We turned off the water, started taking photos (for insurance), made some phone calls and put buckets under the waterfall.All our carpets were soaked through
and puddles gushed out when stepped in.
By midnight, we had 6 of our neighbors 3 or 4 wet-vacs, mops, flashlights and a truck to get things dried as much as possible and the larger debris hauled away.
(I felt like maybe this wasn't a smiling occasion?)
The next day we noticed all the condensation. (and my hair remained frizzy from the increased humidity)
This is the desk mat under Jay's desk- sweating with water trying to evaporate.
This is the window outside the room that took the most damage. You can see the large icicles that formed on the nearby tree- probably from gushing water from when the ceiling collapsed.
After working all day, the plumber had fixed the problem and we were allowed to use our water and all electricity again.
It seems that the pipe from our water heater (which was uninsulated) was running through the ceiling of our garage, which is not heated or insulated. The first two days we were gone had a high of 21 and lows of 12 and 7. We think that one of these days froze the water and split the pipe. There were 3 breaks, one above the garage, one above the TV room, and another between the two.