Bailing Out the Basement
Our dog woke me up just before the water started coming in, and our household began bailing with buckets right away. At first, we tried flushing water down the toilet, but we weren’t sure how long the sanitary sewers would behave. After that, we just took buckets up to the garage and poured them out on the driveway. Fortunately, the slope was enough that the water ran away from the house.
We bailed steadily for about four hours, and ran out of gas about the same time that the storm sewers started to work again. Our neighbors on either side woke up to water in their basements up to the second step, so I guess the effort was worth it.