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Storm causes basement walls to collapse in West Bend home

Posted: 12:16 PM, Aug 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-28 19:25:26Z
Storm causes basement walls to collapse
Storm causes basement walls to collapse
Storm causes basement walls to collapse
Storm causes basement walls to collapse
Storm causes basement walls to collapse

WEST BEND -- Washington County is just one of many areas in Southeast Wisconsin drying out after the rain. Some homeowners in West Bend are still dealing with flooded basements and structural damage. 

"[I'm] going to have to have major work done,” Paul Reichel said.  

Major work after major water damage —Reichel said he heard the walls of his basement crumble early Monday morning after heavy rains Sunday night. 

“[It was] just a lot of stuff letting go. It wasn’t like super loud or nothing like that… you could tell something happened," Reichel said. 

A long ditch stretching from one end of Reichel’s home to the other is what remains —Reichel said showing TMJ4 the damage inside would be too overwhelming, but he’s lived in his home for 28 years and said he never imagined he’d be dealing with something like this. 

“There’s going to be a lot of clean up to do. I don’t know, it’s scary a little bit," he said. 

When it comes to storm damage in the city of West Bend, Reichel probably got the worst of it. West Bend police said although a total of 18 roads where shut down between Sunday and Monday in the midst of the rain, only six homeowners reported flooding in the basement of their homes.