BAXTER -- The rapid rain that fell in the Brainerd lakes area Friday morning closed roads in Baxter and caused the city sewer to back up in several homes along Kentwood Drive.
Angry Kentwood Drive residents who spent Friday clearing their basements of standing sewer water said even though this was the first time the city sewer has backed up into their homes, flooding has been a problem on Kentwood Drive for the past two years. They plan to discuss Kentwood Drive's stormwater problems at Tuesday's Baxter City Council meeting.
Trevor Walter, Baxter public works director, said too much rain in a short period of time caused the flooding on Kentwood. Other roads, including Excelsior, Industrial Park Road and Dellwood Street, were all closed at times Friday because of flooding. A shoulder of the new Highway 371 bypass still under construction was washed away because of the rainfall Friday morning, said Walter.
Walter said the city hired five different companies that spent Friday pumping and removing water that remained on city streets after the storm, including Kentwood Drive, which had two feet of standing water.
Warren Gamache, 3820 Kentwood Drive, said he measured 4 inches of rain that fell at his home within an hour Friday morning. Walter said another Baxter resident said the same thing. The DNR measured 2.3 inches of rainfall between 8 and 9 a.m. Friday.
Gamache and his wife spent Friday cleaning out their basement, which smelled of sewer water. They knew of six Kentwood Drive residents who had the city sewer back up into their homes, including their neighbor, Sharon Kramer.
"This is very upsetting," Kramer said of the stormwater problem on her street. "This needs to be corrected and it needs to be corrected soon."
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