As the winds picked up and the storm surge began rising, the Charests and their hosts began rethinking their decision to stay. When the waters reached the tires of the vehicles parked in the front yard, they moved them across the street to the higher ground of a neighbor's driveway. The one remaining vehicle, which was parked in the garage, was already floating in the floodwaters by the time they got back. Adding to their woes, the car's gas tank leaked, filling the house with fumes. To ventilate the house, they knocked out some of the plywood window covers and opened the windows wide. That, of course, exposed the interior of the house to the wind and rain of the storm.