Some, but not all homeowners safe from Shiawassee River flooding

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OWOSSO (WJRT) (2/21/2018) - Even though neighbors expect the Shiawassee River to flood every year about this time, not everyone was safe from it.

After living two blocks away from the River for the past five years, one clever family created a third drain to help keep their basement dry and said so far, so good.

"We've become more prepared, so usually when we hear rain, we get the pumps ready," Stephanie Chapman said.

She and her husband Troy have three pumps. Two drain from their main sump pump into the stree. Then, they added a gas pump on their own.

"I think the one year, we pumped out like 170-some-thousand gallons with just one gas pump in 7 days," she said.

It works, but they have to take care of it, refilling the gas tank every 4 hours.

"At its worse, we could probably flood our entire basement in a half hour," Chapman said.

No trouble yet, but Troy Chapman thinks it could be coming, especially because the pumps will have to run for about two weeks.

"Our basement floors all got cracks. It's got stress cracks coming up right now," he said.

Closer to the Shiawassee River, the Palmer family didn't have as much luck.

"About 3 feet of water in the basement, everything we had setting up is now floating," Cheri Palmer explained.

Palmer laughed about it because she said there's nothing they can do about it now.

"What can you do, you live in a flood area and it's just the way it is," she said.

She helped her son set items up high in his basement Tuesday night, but Palmer said the water came in quickly overnight.

"This and over on the ball diamond, none of that was here yesterday. It was dry as a bone when I left here at 7 o'clock last night and then this has all come since," she explained.

The contractor who came to their rescue, said there is a bright side. He explained the Palmers never lost power and their sump pumps work.

"Most of the time people call me, their sump pumps failed. And, so this one they actually have their sump pumps running and that helps it's not much but it does help," Jeff Terpenning with Wayne Contracting Services said.

The National Weather Service reported the water level will slowly recede, going down three feet by next Wednesday.

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