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South Bend couple fights basement flooding

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The flooding isn't just outside. Without electricity, many are having problems with their sump pumps, including 84-year-old Catherine Box. "We've lived here 15 years and this is the first time this happened."

She says she and her husband lost electricity Monday evening. Now their sump pump is threatening to flood their basement. "Our water level is so high and we're at the bottom of the hill and we get all the rain water and all the water that rushes down from the hill."

They've been borrowing this small generator during the day to keep the pump running, but when they don't have the generator they have to keep the water down on their own. "About every two hours I carry about four buckets of water up and dump it in the driveway."

She sets an alarm, grabs a flashlight and ventures down to the basement at all hours of the night to make sure the water doesn't go over. "It's not easy, but I know my basement steps well enough I can make it without too much light."

At EverDry Waterproofing in South Bend, scheduling manager Cheryl Baughman says they've been busy this week. "We've been getting a lot of calls, the rain comes on so quick that a lot of people don't even realize they're having a problem."

She says as soon as you see water in your basement, even if it's just trickle, call and get it inspected. But if you don't have a back up for your sump pump, she says there's not much you can do. "Other than that the only line of defense you have is to buy a generator because with no electricity, there's really no other way for the sump pump to kick on."

Which is why Box says she is ready for electricity again. "Right now would be wonderful."

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