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Storm leaves many tri-state basements flooded

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Thursday's storm brought so much water with it that it had no place to go but into basements across the tri-states.

Keith Klusmeyer encountered quite a mess when he walked down to his basement early Thursday morning.

"I went downstairs and coming up from my floor drain and the toilet and the shower in the downstairs basement sewer starting back up," said Keith Klusmeyer.   

Klusmeyer says he just purchased his home a month ago, and the former owners warned him they had flooding before, so he took precautions.

"With the weather and the rain coming down I couldn't get a wink of sleep so I was just up all night checking things," said Klusmeyer. 

But, when the flooding began Klusmeyer says he was at a loss at how to handle the situation.

"What did I get myself into? Or now what do I do? How do I stop it?" said Klusmeyer. 

That's when he called crews from ServPro to help him soak up the disaster lurking in his basement.

Aaron Smith of ServPro says Klusmeyer is not fighting the flood alone.

They've received almost 200 calls Thursday, and when they were finally overloaded they called in storm response teams from as far away as Texas.

"Typically that is the program that responds in a hurricane or large tornado or that kind of thing," said Smith. 

And Smith says unfortunately the drying process takes isn't quick.

"The first day we will be there for three or four hours removing the water, setting up all the equipment and then everyday after that you're typically an hour or so," said Smith.

But, Klusmeyer says he was able to save most of his stuff and feels lucky.

"All things considered yes I was very fortunate," said Klusmeyer. 

Smith says even though they have been extremely busy with calls they still have crews available if you need help drying your basement.

 

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