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For years, residents on the 500 block of Garfield Street have dealt with water and sewage backing up into their homes every time there's pouring rain. But April's flood left several residents with overflowing sewage, some with over three feet in the basement.     

The city has explored the problem in the past, but residents say the situation has spiraled out of control, and they want something done now.   

"It was coming out of floors, out of showers, out of utility sinks," Nina Brooks says of her experience.  

Weeks later, the sewage residue still covers the floors in Brooks' basement. Brooks has lived there six years, but says this was the worst of them all.  

"We've had to do it so many times now that our insurance companies are raising our deductible, some of our insurance companies are threatening to drop us," she says.  

Brooks' daughter lives just down the street, and her finished basement has been completely ripped out. The family says sewage and water came up to the doorknobs, ruining furniture, toys, and TVs, and forcing them to rip out four feet of the dry wall.  

"People on the street who never had water before, never had a drop of water, now have basements full of sewer water," Brooks says.  

Neighbors like Linda Wiebold, who's lived in the neighborhood for 11 years. 

"The water started coming in that night about 6:30," Wiebold says, "Around 11:30 the water turned brown, sewer water-- that's when all heck broke loose." 

The family tried to collect the sewage in buckets to dump out, but it kept coming. 

"I had some antiques down there, lots of furniture; we had eight tons we threw away," she says. 

The damage was estimated at $16,000.

"I started crying when the garbage came to collect everything, but my husband said it's only things," Wiebold says, "But it was a lot of things." 

Neighbors say the city has made efforts. 

"They did some digging around, they sent someone down there, they sent some cameras down there," Brooks says.  

But after years of no working solutions, neighbors say this time it's the last straw. 

"The city said it was an act of God," Wiebold says, "Rainwater is an act of God, but sewer water is not an act of God." 

City officials will meet with residents on this issue Thursday night at the Davenport Public Works office from 5 to 7 pm.

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