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Friday, May 2, 2014

Heavy Rain Causes Flooded Basements

Many homes across southwestern Connecticut have flood damage after 30 hours of heavy rain Wednesday. Crews from Servpro in Stamford say their phones have been ringing non-stop with requests to pump flood water out of homes. They say the damage is primarily from water seepage in low-lying areas.

Crews say they saw a lot of sump pump failures because the pumps can't keep up with the amount of water getting into the basement. Officially, five inches of rain fell at Sikorsky Memorial Airport from Wednesday through Thursday morning. In fact, two-and-a-half inches fell Wednesday and just about one-and-a-half inches soaked the region yesterday, record amounts for each date.

My basement was flooded when I got home from work yesterday, and both sump pumps have been working overtime. They are reliable. However, even with both sump pumps working continuously, there is still plenty of water in the basement.