MASON CITY, Iowa - A family that had their home severely damaged due to flooding in June is watching what Thursday night's storms will bring.
Bob and Stephanie O'Donnell had water in their basement, and got as high as 4 in. above their ground floor, which took approximately 6-7 weeks to completely drain out. Since then, they've been renovating their home, tearing out sheetrock, insulation, walls, carpet, and other infrastructure.
At the same time, subsequent rainfall has made its way into their house, sometimes up to 2-4 in. worth, and Bob is trying to keep impending water out as much as possible.
"From the last heavy rain, we got a half inch this morning. Last night, I had none, so I don't know. It overpowered my sump pump again, and I put a larger sump pump in, but... I don't know."
The O'Donnell's property sits south of a pond, and can overflow during flooding events, with runoff flowing south to their yard, and with nowhere else to go, it can only absorb into the ground and into their basement.
"Every time I come here, I look off to the north to see if the water is coming this way. Because if it starts coming this way, I know I'm sunk, because if I get water there, water seeps its own level, it's gonna fill that basement back up."