Moat surrounds Spokane home as family tries to end a flooding nightmare

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 15 at 1:45 AM

SPOKANE -- A Spokane family is trying to stay above water as they wait on permits.  Spokane County construction just might be the reason their house is flooding.  For now they have built a moat and are pumping water right into the street. 

The Lake family is trying to get to the source of the problem.  The South Hill house was built in the 1960's but only flooded in recent years.  Now they need the permits to dig up the county road.

The basement has flooded three times.  It's sealed on the inside and out.  Homeowner Jay Lake built a moat and pumps.  The most recent flood happened when this preventative system failed.
 
"We had a sump pump that went out in the backyard and so it just didn't take very long with the extra water.  So the water started coming back in the house this morning about 5:00 a.m.," said Jay.

There is an original tile drainage system underground.  But for some reason that is not enough to prevent the flooding. 

"Once we get a permit to go into the street then we'll follow the tile system exit and find out what's blocked," said Jay. 

Jay thinks the old system could be blocked at the street where the county recently re-did the storm drain system.  He is waiting on the permits to dig in and find out.  They need a permanent drainage solution.  Until then, Jay has to rely on a pump system to keep his house dry.  Spokane County told him to pump the water to the street.

"It has been a long nightmare.  Ya, it's just been one of those things you just have to deal with," said Jay.

Jay is unsure when the nightmare will end.  He is still waiting on the county permits.  But after that they will have to wait until the ground dries so it is stable enough to dig up the road.

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