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Heavy rain resulted in a lot of flooded basements in Quincy

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All of that heavy rain and flash flooding Monday night caused a lot of headaches for people.

Some say their backyards turned into a pond.

Keith Klusmeyer said things appeared normal at first but about an hour later, the water rose about 15 feet, reaching the banks of his neighbor's yard.

He said the pressure from all the rain on the city sewers caused the check valves to fail, which flooded their basement.

"It's to the point now that anytime it rains we're all concerned if our basements are going to flood or not," Klusmeyer said.

Klusmeyer says he knew something was wrong.

"Because there was so much water in the city sewer lines, that there was so much pressure that all our check valves failed so all the neighbors were flooded on this street."

Another resident in the neighborhood said she's never had a problem in the 15-years that she has lived there. But now, all of that has changed.

"We live on a creek bed the waters going to come up, but not to the point where it gets in your house and not to the point where it breaches this wall, Sue Flachs said. "That's getting to be more and more common, so it isn't normal."

Flachs said that's when she took out her phone and started taking pictures.

"Today (Tuesday) was a big one, it breached this wall," Flachs said. "So the basements all along here, on both sides of the creek not even on the creek side on the other side have water in them."

Klusmeyer said the neighborhood has done all it can to prevent it with the check valve, now it's up to the city.

"The city needs to do something with the sewer and drain system," Klusmeyer said. "They need to separate them or something and I know that's going to be expensive, but somethings got to get done. We can't afford to have flooding every time it rains."

WGEM reporters left messages with the city Engineering/Utilities department to find out about plans to address this issue.

Our messages have not been returned.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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