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Weekend Flooding Leaves Basement a Mess

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RICHLAND, Wash--

"We're just pretty numb throughout the whole weekend, you see the stuff on t.v., but you never think it's going to be you," says homeowner Alex Stoops.

It is being called one of the worst floods in a decade.  And now that it's over, Alex stoops' basement remains a mess.

"Early sunday morning about 2 o'clock our septic system started to back-up," says Stoops.  "It was horrible, it was a frenzy just to clean everything out of there, try to get all the important stuff up first."

The flooding got so bad, Alex and his wife Merissa had to send their children to stay with relatives.  They weren't set to return until Monday, and they didn't make it to school.  And now the Stoops are left with questions; it is not their home, they rent it.  So who pays?  That has been put on the back burner, at least for the time being.  Right now, the goal is simple: clean up the mess.

"We were pretty relieved it crested, we can get on with what we have here, the mess, the clean up."

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