One day in the late summer, we went out to discover our rain barrel had committed kamikaze. One minute it was sitting on its stand holding its 55 gallons of rain water and the next, the sidewalk was flooded and the barrel was all "busted."
It took us a few weeks to find another one at what we considered a reasonable price, but we did. It was identical--- and we bought two. They are hooked up to gutters in the front and back of the house. We LOVE that the slightest shower will fill the barrels. Then we use garden hoses to water specific areas and plants. With as little rain as we have had this year, every drop counts.