TOLEDO -- There's a new addition in the front yard of Kathy Youngman's home in the old west end. It's a stand pipe connected to the sewer line, to prevent basement back-ups.
"I have peace of mind now, and I don't have to clean the mess that's in my basement. I don't have to clean up the raw sewage," Youngman tells us.
Last year News 11 visited Kathy's home when her basement flooded after a heavy downfall. It wasn't the only time that happened over recent years. "It happened about 7 times that we had our basement flooded. I got tired of it and I asked the city to do something about it," she says.
Kathy filled out an application with the city and received a check that covered about half the cost of the work. "They gave us $2000 towards the $3600, so I was grateful for that."
The city's basement flooding grants are for up to $2000, and it helps home owners purchase and install corrective measures to prevent sewer back-ups such as stand pipes, check valves and sump pumps.
But they won't pay for items such as insurance deductibles, replacing damaged property or the cost of cleaning up a flooded basement.
Kathy says the prevention paid off recently during a heavy rain because she didn't have to worry about cleaning up a mess in her basement.
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