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Water, Water, EVERY WHERE!!!!

This past weekend’s rain brought flooding to many of our neighbors.  Those especially affected were the residents that live on 8th Street.  Not only did their basements flood with rainwater, but they also had the added unpleasantness of dealing with sewage backup.  According to one gentleman, the toilet in his basement gushed raw sewage for over an hour.  Another resident, who has lived in the borough for just over a month, had to redirect the sewage that was flowing into his basement to his back yard.  Unfortunately for his little girl, she won’t have a safe place to play for the rest of the summer.  When one of the residents called 911 to see if they could have assistance in helping to pump the raw sewage out of their home, they were told that there was no kind of assistance available.  Really??  I thought the fire department has several pumps available for this particular purpose.  Maybe someone needs to let that dispatcher know?  Many of these residents have (or should I say, HAD) beautiful finished basements.  These basements have been destroyed in the past due to flooding and sewage back up, but because the home owners were told that the problem was solved with the new sewer updates that took place over the last year, they repaired the damages done in the past, only to have the heart break of it all happen again.  These same residents were recently required to purchase flood insurance because they are in, what FEMA considers, a flood zone.  Here’s the ironic part.  The residents were told by their flood insurance companies that they would have to file a claim with their homeowner’s insurance.  The homeowner’s insurance companies said they would need to file a claim with their flood insurance companies.  Who is responsible for this mess?  Why has the flooding taken a turn for the worst in the last decade?  Apparently, these issues were brought to the borough's council members before.  As always…a lot of lip service but no customer service.  We’ll see what happens this go ‘round.  It's a good thing it's an election year for the hard-working people of Eddystone.  Perhaps something will get done in their favor.