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Rain Causing Basement Flooding In Sidney


September 25, 2019 | View PDF

With close to nine inches of rain in the past month, some community members are facing issues with their basements flooding.

Public Works Director Jeff Hintz said the problem is that the groundwater is unusually high, leaving the rain water nowhere to go.

“The ground is just so saturated,” Hintz said.

He went on to add that we’ve been lucky to not have any sewer issues.

“They’re being inundated right now,” Hintz said.

Hintz explained that while new homes are typically built with drain tile around the foundation, unfortunately old homes and most homes in Sidney don’t have it, which is what’s causing houses and basements to flood in the area.

When asked if there was anything homeowners could do should we get more rain, Hintz said no.

“There’s nothing the city can do either,” Hintz said. “It’s just been a lot of water. More than we’re typically used to.”

Hintz went on to add that Sidney is experiencing flooding in areas that haven’t flooded in 40-50 years.

“It’s just not common,” Hintz said.


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