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Flooding Creates Headaches For Hibbing, Dozens Of Sewer Backups

Updated: 06/02/2014 10:55 PM
Created: 06/02/2014 4:43 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

Several inches of rain flooded parts of the Iron Range this weekend. Hibbing got more than five inches of rain and it's creating big headaches.

It's a familiar struggle for Charles Tallman of Hibbing. His property sits low and his sump pump can only do so much.

"I got it coming from both sides and it drains right into my yard," Tallman said. "The water in the house in the basement was about four inches deep."

The heavy downpour around town had Hibbing Public Works employees working overtime.

"Just a lot of backed-up sewers and a lot of backed-up water," Department Head Peter Kaim said.

Kaim said the city responded to about 30 sewer backups. A pond overflowed onto 37th street and Highway 169 was closed for a few hours under the 1st Avenue bridge.

"Whenever we get three plus inches of rain it's normal," Kaim said.

It's no routine for Hibbing resident Megan Brown. Her basement was flooded for the first time this weekend.

"I noticed the rain in the back yard, front yard up to the steps," Brown said. "It was kind of wild to see that much water."

Even with more rain in the forecast, Brown is trying to stay optimistic.

"A little nervous with the flood warnings for today, but hopefully it can't get any worse," Brown said.

Kaim had some tips for preventing basement flooding. He said to install a check valve for the sewer and always check your sump pump to make sure it's working.

Megan Brown

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