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Rain Leaves Basements Flooded, Damaged Behind

Liberty St. in Springfield

Liberty St. in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — A day of torrential rains leave behind some sloppy wet basements, and lots to clean up.  The rain was measured in the inches throughout the area Wednesday, around three inches coming down in the southern Pioneer Valley.

Leaves, mud, and a whole lot of water was thrown across Derrick Brown’s basement.

“It comes up out of the bathroom right out of the sewer drains and the slop tank, the wet tank downstairs,” Brown said.

Here’s the twist: Brown’s family has lived in his Church Street home for 30 years. Only this year did storm drains start getting overloaded, leaving water and just about anything else backing up into nearby homes.

“I’m still dealing with the smell from the first time,” Brown said.

Which happened in May, when 18 inches of water filled the basement. The damage could be clearly seen on these walls and throughout the basement. Since then, Brown tried to quickly get his house back in order.

“Everything. I did the reflooring, put down down new tile and grout, new furnace, got the ducts all clean, got the walls all serviced from mold and mildew,” he said. “Got the insulation pulled. New baseboards, new doors, new bathrooms.”

Because the water once again backed up two weeks ago and again on Wednesday. Much of the work Brown did was destroyed again. He wants the city to explain what suddenly has changed underground before he continues to lose thousands of dollars he’s already invested.

“Very frustrating because I still got to go find somewhere to go stay tonight with the kids,” he said. “I do got the money to go stay in a hotel. Fortunately I do but what if someone didn’t to go stay somewhere.”

An aide for Mayor Domenic Sarno tells ABC40 that the city is looking into the issue. A representative from the Department of Public Works told the residents that someone will be out Thursday morning to look into the issue and what needs to be done to fix it.


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