Well, we cleaned out the basement last night, including removing the still wet carpet. Take note - carpet circa 1970 is gross and smelly. Carpet circa 1970 that is SATURATED with water is absolutely revolting.
Here are some pictures of what the left half of our basement looked like before we ripped up the carpet
Totally a set out of That '70's show, right?!
We ended up having to use a box cutter to cut the carpet into strips because it was so heavy with water (this AFTER Nate shop vac-ed it). Then Nate rolled the strips up and put them into heavy duty lawn bags. After he removed the carpet, I had to scoop up black carpet goo (i.e. old rotten padding) with our new snow shovel (Merry Christmas from my dad). Eventually, we did get all the carpet up, even though the cement floor is still really wet. We have fans going to try to get it dry. I forgot to take pictures of the "after".
This morning, Nate took 8 huge bags (2 trips) to the dump. Overnight the water emptied out of the carpet into the bags so it was another mess. At this point, we really do NEED a vacation.