User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


49° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Sioux Falls Homeowners Deal With Flooded Basements

June 17, 2014, 6:10 PM by Angela Kennecke

Sioux Falls Homeowners Deal With Flooded Basements
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Thousands of homeowners in the Sioux Falls area have water in their basements.  The dozen or so cleanup companies in town are overwhelmed with calls.  For some homeowners, this is their first stressful experience with flooding; for others, it's getting to be old hat. 

Four out of the five years that Val and Bill Ward have lived in their southeast Sioux Falls home, their basement has flooded.

"We were able to add two more sump pumps--so we've got three down there. We thought we had it but this was just a huge rain we couldn't handle with our three pumps," Bill Ward said.

They were among the lucky ones at the top of Intek Cleaning and Restoration's list but the dozen cleanup crews in town aren't able to get to everyone.  Intek owner Jerry Berg has help coming from Minneapolis. 

"We put out a call and this guy was the first to mobilize; he'll be here by 9 in the morning with a crew," Berg said.

But that isn't soon enough for the Jendersee family.

"When I stepped on the carpet, there were just waves, waves underneath; water under the carpet--panicked.  Didn't quite know what to do; the sump pump couldn't keep up," Scott Jendersee said.

They called a number of cleanup companies, but ended up relying on the help of neighbors and friends.  They couldn't risk having standing water in their basement because four-year-old Finn has chronic lung problems. 

"If it weren't for our neighbors and friends that came over, I don't know where we'd be right now," Lynn Jendersee said.

The cost of cleanup and repairs to a flooded basement can start at a few thousand dollars and run all the way up to $15,000.

"And then we don't know if insurance is going to cover it either," Scott Jendersee said.

A typical homeowner’s insurance policy won't cover water damage if your sump pump fails or can't keep up with the water.  But if you have a sewer and drain backup rider on your insurance, it should be covered in these situations. 

But if water comes up through the floor or the walls, it won't be covered.  No matter the case, the Wards won't be filing a claim.

"After a couple of claims, they asked us not to do business with them, so we're self-insured at this point," Ward said.

Berg says many lower-level apartments have been flooded and residents displaced.  He says other homeowners are also dealing with sewer backup because of the pressure on the sanitary sewer system.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

14-Year-Old Dead After Being Run Over By Truck

10/25/2014 2:05 PM

A 14-year-old girl is dead after being run over in a parking lot just after 12:30 in Hartford.

Full Story
Police Empty Grain Bin In Search For Missing Brookings Man

10/28/2014 6:02 PM

Jacob Heisinger hasn't been seen since early Thursday morning. Police sent out a plea asking the public for any information on his disappearance.

Full Story | Watch
Authorities Find Body Of Missing Brookings Man

10/29/2014 8:17 PM

The search for a missing SDSU student has ended.

Full Story
Brookings Police Looking For Missing Man

10/27/2014 8:14 PM

The Brookings Police Department needs your help finding 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger. Heisinger was last seen around 1:40 am in the downtown Brookings ...

Full Story
Paint The Plow Image Removed After Complaint Of Religious Themes

10/23/2014 5:55 PM

After showing off the project at the Empire Mall earlier this month, City officials received a complaint from the Siouxland Freethinkers about putting...

Full Story | Watch


Events