Families dealing with flooded basements after downpour of rainFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was more than the heavy rain that kept people up during today's early morning hours. Some heard the sound of rushing water coming into their basements.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was more than the heavy rain that kept people up during today's early morning hours. Some heard the sound of rushing water coming into their basements.
It has been a day of burned out sump pumps, wet carpets and frustrated homeowners, and all are hoping for a dry, peaceful night ahead.
Brady and Brandi Nash of South Fargo stood in their cozy comfortable basement today, their children's play area disrupted by a night that now seems like a nightmare.
Brady Nash, Homeowner: “Saw the window was flowing. The water pouring out of the there.”
The rain fell so fast, and so much of it, that the Nash's window wells filled with water that flowed into the basement.
Brandi Nash, Homeowner: “He is very calm and I see the problem and I come down here and shear panic. Water filling the basement and he is like get some towels and I got every towel in the house.”
Brady Nash: “I took 28 five gallon pails out of there before we got a sump pump.”
In South Moorhead a crew from Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling had just one of many flooded basement projects to tackle today.
Jason Cummings, Paul Davis Restoration: “Phone is just ringing off the hook.”
The ground is just too full of water.
Cummings: “It is just pouring in through the walls. The ground is so saturated it cannot keep up with the water flow we have had.”
And WDAY Radio Host Jay Thomas tried to temporarily shore up his basement, after pressure from all the water started pushing his basement in. The water fell so quickly and there was so much of it, streets just did not drain. Even the carp got lost and found a West Fargo street to call home.
Best advice from NDSU Extension: Do not move too quickly to repair basements that have been water damaged.
Make sure everything is dried out before sheet-rocking or re-carpeting. We have made a link at WDAY.com and Easy Links to the NDSU flood tip sheet.