Sewage In Belvidere Basements

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

Rene Swanson and her husband Kurt were proud of their basement...a favorite feature of the house they like to call their dream home...that dream is now a nightmare.

"I go to work, 20 minutes later my husband calls...we've got sewage in the basement. It's coming up the toilet like a volcano thats exploding!")

"I looked down the stairs and it looks like there's a pond at the bottom of the stairs."

Last week's flood waters quickly turned their Belvidere street into a small lake...the force of the rainfall pushed in about nine inches of raw sewage into their basement. They're not alone...most of the people on her block face the same mess, and she's worried the city is hanging her out to dry...

"We had the mayor out that day, and he says well, we had a lot of rain, blah blah blah. And then i didnt hear anything. It was pretty much, 'you're on your own.'"

Stained and soggy with sewage, the Swanson's have torn out carpets and chunks of drywall, gutted their son's basement bedroom and thrown all furniture and electronics away so professional cleaners could sanitize the Swansons' home...and it's not cheap.

The Swansons say a simple back flow system installed by the city would prevent the sewage from entering their homes again...

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