Storm Team 4

Flooding could cause sewage overflow or flooded basements

CREATED Apr 9, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 10, 2013

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  • Blocked storm drains caused standing water and an obstacle for drivers on W. Capitol Dr. at N. 19th St. in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District took emergency sewage treatment steps at the Jones Island sewage treatment plant late Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to prevent combined sewer overflows and backups of sewage into residential basements, officials said. READ MORE Image by Michael Sears

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MILWAUKEE - Within the next few days, all this rain will run out of places to go.

It could end up as a sewage/water mixture in Lake Michigan, or in your basement.

Crews have spent the early morning hours of Wednesday pumping storm water out of sewers, disinfecting it and sending it into Lake Michigan.

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is allowed to send 100 million gallons every day into the lake, a level it can quickly reach with the recent heavy rains.

MMSD does that to keep basements from flooding, like Brandon Wing's did.

"I've been going through this for the past 6 years, but this is the worst right now because we just lost all the snow and that leaked down, and now the water and rain doesn't help me at all," said Wing, who lives in Wauwatosa.

There have been hundreds of calls already because of flooded basements over the past few days.

Considering the post-winter thaw and all the rain, home inspectors say this is a bad combination for homeowners, but there is something you can do to try and keep your property dry.

"The little things of just putting in a downspout, extending it seven feet away from the house and at the point of discharge, the water needs to flow away from the building and from that gutter. Otherwise, you can end up with thousands and thousands of dollars in repairs," explained Kevin Maynard of Open Hearth Home Inspections.