Before she left for work Thursday, Ginny Gnadt delivered a pep talk to the sump pump in the basement of her condominium. The water coming into the sump sounded like a bathtub faucet, Gnadt said, and she worried that the pump couldn’t keep up in its job of preventing the basement from flooding. “It was just pouring in. I kept telling the pump ‘Your little engine can do it,'” said Gnadt, who lives in Wauwatosa and is a spokeswoman for Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Others haven’t been as fortunate, judging by thousands of calls that have poured into Milwaukee area basement repair businesses – sometimes from people desperate for help.
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