Homes Hit By Heavy Rains

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

A 100-year storm has people across Lansing checking their basements for damage.

"Then I came down here and it was wet all over again," said Teresa Recker whose basement was flooded. "Fortunately is hasn't been too bad."

Sadly, this isn't the first time her basement has flooded this year.

"So there definitely is a problem down here," said Recker.

However neither time she has called the city to let them know about the problem. When she turned her water on Wednesday afternoon and it looked brown, she decided it was time to call.

The city said Lansing got about four inches of rain in a 24-hour period, more than three of those inches came down in three hours.

"As far as we can tell, and we've investigated this after every single storm event, and it's working exactly as it's been designed," said Chad Gamble, Lansing's Director of Public Service as he described the city's drains.

"Storm sewers are not designed to prevent flooding, they are designed to try and address storm events that happened for that particular sewer," said Gamble.

The city's sewers can only hold so much water, and the heavy rain added up to 45.5 billion gallons of water. That's about the max. Luckily not everyone's basements are wet.

"I'm very happy with it," said Virginia Mackey, whose basement is dry.

Her basement didn't have any problems this storm. The city fixed her drain and 42 other people's homes that had flooding problems as part of a pilot program now being reviewed.

Still it didn't rain as hard during Tuesday night's storm and she's skeptical.

"That extra two inches coming really fast could get me in trouble," said Mackey.

If your basement's was flooded, the city wants to know. Call 483-4161 to file a complaint, and the city will add it to its severe weather investigation.


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