Rain, snow back up systems - WNEM TV 5

Rain, snow back up systems

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Rafe Boman doesn't want ice on his sidewalk and definitely doesn't want the snow and rain to seep into his Sanford home.

"Make sure everything's flowing, you don't want it to back up," Boman said.

He played preventative defense as the puddle in his yard kept getting larger.

"It's completely building up and flooding the yards right now," Boman said.

His home is still dry, but for others, that's not the case.

Derrick Vickers works for Ron's Dependable Sewer Service in Bay City. He spent the day being dispatched to several homes where water has backed up into homes.

"Oh man, with this rain, it's pretty busy," Vickers said.

He said with all the precipitation, systems are certainly showing their weaknesses.

"The ground gets saturated, all the tiles get full of water and they can't drain," Vickers said. "If there's some type of root intrusion or obstruction in the line, they won't drain, so all the water won't come out, and it flows into the basement."

He's just one of the guys who works for Dependable Sewer.

The dispatch center took more than 60 calls from people with similar problems.

"It seems like when we get the snow with the rain, it's the worst," said owner, Ron Foco.

Foco said he suspects it could be a busy weekend.

"It's actually just starting. If it keeps raining, it's going to worse even, so it's been a busy day and it's going to continue," Foco said.

And maybe the most important preventable measure you can take, head down to your basement and check it every once and a while. See if there are any signs of water backing up.

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