April showers flood basements across central Illinois

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM CDT

MORTON, Ill -- Central Illinois received two to four inches of rain early Thursday morning. With no where for it to go, it not only saturated the area, but many basements too.

Chuck Lewis, like hundreds of other homeowners, needed help getting water out of his basement Thursday.

"Well, this is the first time it's ever happened" said Chuck Lewis. "I've lived here since 1994."

Lewis' sump pump broke during the night, allowing his basement to fill up with water.

"We're gonna bring down a hose, extract the water out, check the walls and see where the moisture has wicked up the walls," said Cleo Sisco, with Menold Construction and Restoration. "We'll also set-up some drying equipment and get this dried out." said .

Menold received hundreds of calls for help in just 24 hours.

"This is exactly what we didn't need to happen right now" said Menold Vice President Steven Driscoll.

And the April showers are just hitting homeowners.

"There is still six to eight inches of frost on the ground, the storm sewers are clogged, the water has no where to go," said Driscoll. "We've seen a huge uptick in commercial buildings that are flooded that never flooded before."

To prevent it he suggests you check spouts, sewers and sump pumps to keep as much moisture away from the foundation as possible.

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