SPANISH LAKE, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A wet and stinky mess was in the basements of several Spanish Lake homes Monday.
“It’s a mess, we shouldn’t have sewer water coming up to our knees,” said one resident.
Rose Spicer says this is the fourth time her basement has flooded during a severe rain storm.
“Now I got to find somebody to come clean this up, I’m too old to keep doing this,” Spicer said.
Neighbors believe the cause of the backups is a faulty backflow prevention system MSD installed three years ago.
“They had no problems before that, ever since then for three years, everyone is having backflow issues,” said Amy Michael.
News 4 found there were nine homes on record with MSD who had back-up problems Monday.
A spokesperson said their backflow valves failed because of rainwater overpowering their system.
The utility they says plan to investigate why homeowners in this area continue to have backflow issues.
MSD says they plan to reimburse residents whose homes were impacted will receive a $3,000 check for damages.