Sewage Water Floods Basements

By: Stacy Eckes
By: Stacy Eckes

This weekend's flooding has hundreds of families coping with water damage, but in the village of Plover, several homes now have something foul floating in their basement.

At Brad Wolf's home, the carpet is not only soggy, it smells.

With this weekend's heavy rain, the area pump station overloaded. It didn't take long before sewer water invaded his lower level.

"There was sewage coming out of the floor drain. It was floating across the top of the water. There was toilet paper in there and nasty stuff," said Brad Wolf, a homeowner in the Village of Plover.

The wastewater manager in the Village of Plover says the ground water got into the sewer system, which is not designed to handle it.

"The pumps have been pumping continuously. There have not been any breakdowns. They've just been overloaded," said Rich Boden, the Village of Plover wastewater manager.

Also during the peak of the storm, Boden says village workers were forced to dump sewer water onto a nearby street under construction.

"That's part of what I am investigating to find out why that was done," Boden said.

The Department of Natural Resources is waiting for a full report on the situation. It will then decide if any action will be taken against the Village of Plover.

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