//Residents angry after basements fill with filth

Residents angry after basements fill with filth

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Waterloo City Hall

Waterloo City Hall

WATERLOO – Waterloo residents are demanding compensation after heavy rains and tinkering with the sewer system flooded their basements with sewage twice in June.

“To say we are in a state of desperation is an understatement, and we are hoping and praying that somehow our city comes through for us in our time of need,” said Lyndi Coburn. She recounted how up to 3 feet of sewer water overtook the finished basement of her West Third Street home.

“We went from being proud and happy homeowners to being completely devastated by the devastation that was left behind,” she said.

To make things worse, the backups came after her husband was sidelined by injuries in an automobile crash and was unable to help with cleanup, and the losses — more than $20,000 — aren’t covered by insurance, she said.

Coburn was one of about 50 residents who flooded the Waterloo City Council chambers during Monday’s meeting, prompting officials to open a divider into an adjacent room to allow for proper social distancing.

Rainstorms June 9 and again June 22 backed up sewers in the Home Park Boulevard neighborhood.

Most residents told of losing washers and dryers, water heaters and furnaces as well as keepsakes, carpeting and drywall. Many said they replaced appliances following the first backup only to lose them again during the second storm.

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