We had a doozy of a thunderstorm the other day. We really missed the Memphis rains while we were in California, but this was ridiculous!
Our yard is like a mini New Orleans. The house is at the bottom of a bowl, and we have no levies to hold back the water, so when it rains heavily, we quickly find ourselves in the middle of a huge puddle. Here is a picture of our front yard taken near the end of the storm.
Luckily, the previous owners spent a nice chunk of dough installing a French Drain. So, within five minutes of the rain stopping, all the water went down here:
And our yard was left muddy, but water free.