Volunteers gathered at
Klason said the team, which has volunteers from all over the state, typically comes in to help after the initial response to a disaster has passed. People typically have help from friends or family right after a disaster, but may need additional help in the following weeks.
The couple said they had lived in their home for about 29 years and though they have had some flooding in the past, this was the first year for them to have sewer backup.
"We're just thankful,"
He said he opened the door to the basement and saw water and sewer backup rising past their first two steps going up the steps.
Before too long, with the help of others, they had at least three sump pumps running to try to alleviate the damage.
"It was a mess," he said, noting that the sewer backup reached 18 inches high.
The couple had a flood in 2008 and had a stop valve put in, in addition to their sump pump. In 2008 there was only sand and gravel that came into the house.
"This time it all has to go," he said about the damage.
That includes many appliances, including a furnace, water heater and washer and dryer, wood paneling and flooring.
He said the damage estimate is at least twice as much as the cap for their insurance coverage for sewer backup.
Living with severe lung problems, Wesely said she moved to
Wesely said the day before she first looked at her house prior to buying it, it had rained 4 1/2 inches, and there were no signs of water in the house.
"I've never had any problems until last week," she said on Saturday.
That's when her basement was filled with almost two feet of sewer backup during heavy rains the night of
She said she was alerted to problems after hearing a noise that sounded like something was falling in the basement.
Soon after, she discovered water had filled her basement and had climbed up two stairs in the basement. It was inching up on the third.
Damaged were many of Wesely's prints, photographs, three new furniture sets, a furnace, a washer and dryer and other appliances.
"I'm devastated over this," she said. "I don't know how I'm going to recover."
She said she has insurance coverage for sewer backup, but that caps at
"I don't know how I'm ever going to come out of this," Wesely said.
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