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Published June 03, 2013, 07:19 PM

Grafton, surrounding communities begin post-flood cleanup

Many home owners in Grafton have weeks or months of work ahead of them, repairing their flooded basements. Heavy rains with saturated grounds and overloaded city lift stations resulted in water pouring into dozens of homes.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Many home owners in Grafton have weeks or months of work ahead of them, repairing their flooded basements. Heavy rains with saturated grounds and overloaded city lift stations resulted in water pouring into dozens of homes.

It was a long weekend for many home owners whose plans changed from relaxation to clean up.

Today, Chris Frier is waiting on his insurance adjuster to find out if he'll be reimbursed to rebuild his basement.

Frier: "Since 2003 this sump pump has not run, and this is the first time it has run."

The sump pump couldn't keep up last friday afternoon when Grafton was hit by heavy rain.

Frier: "And it just kept coming, there was no stopping it. It was coming in from the walls...and then the sewer started coming in from the showers."

Evan Klug was headed out to go camping Friday, but those plans changed when the water began to rush in.

Klug: "Trying to get the sump pump converted so that it was going outside, instead of the city sewer, was the main thing I was focused on."

The problem comes after weeks of heavy rains saturating the ground.

Brent Nelson, Walsh County Emergency Manager: "We had two to three inches of rain in two to three hours."

Flooded streets overflowed into basements, sump pumps failed or water just seeped through the walls.

Nelson: "The compound of the river being high, the storm drain being closed because of the high river, the torrential rain."

Chris West, Grafton Mayor: "We can't prevent this. We had our valves in place so water wasn't backing up as much as possible."

Frier: "I have a feeling the ones that don't have water in their basement did at one particular time and they have probably changed their system."

The Park River crested in Grafton yesterday. However, the city of Grafton is asking that residents restrict water use as more rain is expected tonight into tomorrow.

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