Residents in Grosse Pointe Park deal with flooded basements

Posted at 10:14 PM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 23:21:25-04

Grosse Pointe Farms residents are dealing with flooded basements after the continuous rainfall.

Dozens of homes in the neighborhood had standing water in the basements and residents tell 7 Action News this is the first time it’s happened at most of these homes.

"It was a big surprise,” said Grosse Pointe Farms resident, Sherri Rieth.

She said there’s never been water in her finished basement and it’s come as a shock for her and many residents on her block.

"My husband said you should go home and check the basement, we never had water so I didn't think it would be down here, but it was,” said Rieth.

Now, there are disaster relief crews pulling out the damaged carpet and drywall, even with the mess, she considers her family fortunate.

"People have lost childhood photos, some real memorable things and I think we are a little lucky in that respect,” said Rieth.

Down the street from Rieth, her neighbor Alfonso Flores is working to dry out his family pictures.
"Just letting them air dry each individual one, we've got them all over the house,” said Flores.

He was at home when the flooding started in his basement.

"All of a sudden, I heard this gurgle and I looked downstairs and it was just coming out of the floor drains, like erupting, it comes in so fast, so there was nothing you could do," he says.

He  called his wife as it was happening and she gave him orders.

"She's like save the pictures!” laughed Flores.

It appears he will not lose any of the pictures as long as they continue to dry as they are.