SULLIVAN, MO (KTVI)-- Unusually heavy rain hit Sullivan, Mo Thursday flooding basements in low lying areas and swamping normally dry roads. The Meramec State Park had to be closed and campers evacuated.
Over loaded sewer lines caused backups in basements along Bud Street and Blair. Georgann and Gary Kays were caught by surprise when water began gushing from a basement drainage pipe for their washing machine.
"It was like Old Faithful," exclaimed Gary Kays. He said the sewage water flowed into his basement for seven hours. "Our sump pump could not keep up with it," he said.
Family mementos were damaged by the backup bringing tears to Georgann Kays` eyes as she recalled what she had stored in the basement. "We would not have bought this house if we had known it would have this type of flooding," Gary Kays added. Both complained they had not been told of previous flooding in the neighborhood by their real estate agent.
By Friday afternoon, the couple was still trying to pump out the basement with a small, portable sump pump and a garden hose. "It could take two days," Georgann worried.
Kays said the city`s water and sewer department had offered them a back flow device to prevent most future backups. "But they said it could cost $2,500 to have it installed," Kays complained.
Sullivan City Administrator J. T. Hardy said the city cannot do work on private property including lateral or connecting sewer lines that link a home`s plumbing to the city`s sewer main. "That`s the residents` responsibility," he said.
Sue and Dave Lankford rent a home across the street. They too found water backing up through the washing machine drain Thursday. But their landlord was able to hook up a pumping system to minimize the damage. But the Lankford`s still lost family memorabilia and they worry mold may develop.
Hardy called the rainfall 'an act of God.'
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