Flooded basements leave residents con...

Flooded basements leave residents concerned

There are 13 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Apr 16, 2008, titled Flooded basements leave residents concerned. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Some residents in a Kalamazoo County neighborhood are dealing with a real mess. About a dozen homes in the 8100 block of Black Forest Drive in Portage are waterlogged.

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4 Justice

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Apr 17, 2008
As long as these building contractors are allowed to build on swamp land, this problem will not go away. I feel for the people that got looped into a 30 year mortgage though..
Kalamazoo

Maumee, OH

#2 Apr 17, 2008
4 Justice is right! These contractors like junk Powel Homes and Junk Allen Edwin home builders are raping the people who are buying these crap homes! Building on backfill and swamps. Just look around. You think if these were buildable areas they would have been chosen to build on sooner!
I feel so bad for these people. Until the codes come up to the standard like many of the other states these crap builders will keep raping us with the junk the offer us!
Some People

United States

#3 Apr 17, 2008
is the water table higher than normal ? I know we had higher than normal snow fall, then alot of rain within a couple weeks.

Will this be a yearly problem?

I'd be nervous walking around in those basements with all the electric cords laying around!
Get the facts

Jackson, MI

#4 Apr 17, 2008
I am a homeowner in this subdivision. I understand that '4Justice' and 'Kalamazoo' are making generalized statements about Powel and Allen Edwin, and I agree with those statements. But, the houses in this neighborhood are not junk homes, and they were not built on a swampland. They were built by a very reputable builder that has built (and continues to build) many high quality homes in the Kalamazoo area.

This subdivision has been around since 1998 and as far as I know, flooding has not been an issue. I am curious to learn what the city's findings are, and what they will do to 'help' the homeowners in the area.

I can't imagine that the water table is that much higher this year than it has been in past years. It almost makes you think that this water is coming from another source (ie runoff from the new multi-million dollar Strker facility across the street? or a leaking water main somewhere?). Who knows...Hopefully we will find out soon.
just wondering

Downers Grove, IL

#6 Apr 17, 2008
If the Residents are pointing the finger toward a high water table than why is it the city problem? That is great they are looking in to it and helping. The water table is high everywhere
NO WAY

Roy, UT

#7 Apr 17, 2008
I can understand there frustration. Our basement started leaking two years ago. We have put in drainage, a new driveway that runs away from the house, we sealed it and it still leaks. I do not think it is the cities problem if it is a high water table, but if this is a sudden new problem it does deserve some investigation! I hope everyone has flood insurance!
chickie

Lansing, MI

#8 Apr 17, 2008
NO WAY wrote:
I can understand there frustration. Our basement started leaking two years ago. We have put in drainage, a new driveway that runs away from the house, we sealed it and it still leaks. I do not think it is the cities problem if it is a high water table, but if this is a sudden new problem it does deserve some investigation! I hope everyone has flood insurance!
Flood insurance is only offered by FEMA, and only in high risk areas. I hope these people have water back up on their homeowners policy. and more than $5000 worth.
Insurance Agent

Plainwell, MI

#9 Apr 17, 2008
chickie wrote:
<quoted text>Flood insurance is only offered by FEMA, and only in high risk areas. I hope these people have water back up on their homeowners policy. and more than $5000 worth.

This statement is completely untrue. Flood insurance is offered by the government, but it is available in any Township that participates and sold through many different insurance companies. Your homeowners policy will not cover this if it is surface water, it has to be from a back-up of a sewer or drain, which this doesn't sound like it is.
chickie

Lansing, MI

#10 Apr 17, 2008
Insurance Agent wrote:
<quoted text>
This statement is completely untrue. Flood insurance is offered by the government, but it is available in any Township that participates and sold through many different insurance companies. Your homeowners policy will not cover this if it is surface water, it has to be from a back-up of a sewer or drain, which this doesn't sound like it is.
I thought Fema was the only place to go for flood insurance? I stand corrected. so, why do we pay for water backup, why won't it cover surface waters? So i pay for that "service" only if my sump pump over flows. I have a dry sump pump, so can i just take it off the policy? Thanks for clearing that up for me!
Steph

San Jose, CA

#11 Apr 17, 2008
I feel terrible for these people because even after all of the trouble that they will have getting rid of the water, they will soon have to deal with getting rid of the resulting mold. The big disaster for these people I fear is that they will not be able to sell their homes because of it.
Matilda

Caledonia, MI

#12 Apr 17, 2008
What I am wondering is Who in Kalamazoo County approved for these builders to build on the property featured in this story?
What I want to know is did Kalamazoo County know of this problem of a high water table when the permits were being issued? If that is the case shouldnt City of Portage have to pay for these damages? With the ecconomy being the way it is I dont think these people should have to live with this day to day mess or the added expense and not to mention the risk of health problems due to the mold content. Get the health department involved!
That Sucks

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 Apr 17, 2008
I had water in my basement last year.
Insurance Agent

Plainwell, MI

#14 Apr 17, 2008
chickie wrote:
<quoted text>I thought Fema was the only place to go for flood insurance? I stand corrected. so, why do we pay for water backup, why won't it cover surface waters? So i pay for that "service" only if my sump pump over flows. I have a dry sump pump, so can i just take it off the policy? Thanks for clearing that up for me!
I can't answer all of your questions as I don't know the specifics of your policy (all companies are different)or your home. I would strongly advise you to contact your agent and ask those questions before just removing the coverage, there are sometimes other things covered under that endorsement.

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