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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The City of Toledo reports 45 homes have experienced
water in the basement since Tuesday's rain event began.
That includes several homes on the 1700 block of Milburn
Avenue. Kennyetta White said that's the first time it's happened to her since
she's been living in her house the past 10 years.
"It was a mess when I came home," White said. "We had to
use buckets to get the water out."
She also paid $175 to get her drainage pipe cleaned out
up to the city service connection, which she says did not help the situation.
Roselynn Kyles also had sewer back-up.
"I end up with sewage and water in my basement, so I got
a sump pump to pump it out of my house but it's a horrid smell," she said. "I
couldn't sleep here. I feel the city needs to be doing more than they're
The homes along Milburn are serviced by a combined
sewer-stormwater line, which are prone to reach capacity during times of heavy
rain. Part of the on-going Toledo Waterways Initiative involves separating
those lines to help reduce pollution, as mandated by the federal government.