Overnight flooding leaves basements underwater

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Karla Wild was one of the many Kearney people left with parts of their homes underwater. She's no stranger to flooding after her basement was already flooded once this year.

Karla Wild's basement was left under feet of water after Monday night's flooding. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

While she was expecting more water in the house, she said she was still shocked when she saw just how much there was.

"I've been through this a couple of times so I thought 'oh well ya know I'll deal with it', but it was pretty overwhelming to see like 40 inches of water down there," Wild said.

She said around 11:30, she started hearing the water dripping in. By 3:00, she knew she had to do something.

"I started calling emergency places, 24 hours emergency places," she said. "I was really worried about it getting to the furnace and stuff but nobody could come quickly enough to do anything about it."

Local carpet cleaner Brian Bontz of Crystal Clean Carpet Cleaning spent most of the day draining her basement. He says he's been cleaning carpets for over 20 years and has never seen flooding as bad as Monday night.

"I have never seen it as bad as this," Bontz said. "I've been this for 26 years. I've never had this many calls in the last 12-16 hours. I've never had this many calls."

With so many calls, he says his business and many others in the area are backed up. But that shouldn't stop people from getting the water out of their homes as soon as possible.

"They need to try to get as much water out of their basement as they can with shop vacs or little pumps or whatever they can," he said. "They don't want the water to just sit there because it will come up their walls. they just need to do the best that they can do."

If your home was flooded and you are able to get the visible water out, it's still recommended to bring a professional in when you can. There's a chance water may be behind your walls which can cause mold and other bacteria.