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Moline Man Electrocuted In Flooded Basement

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The Rock Island County coroner says 64-year-old Michael Henderson was found dead in his flooded basement by his niece.

First responders got the call the morning of July 1st, but Henderson was already deceased when they arrived.

Coroner Brian Gustafson says the niece noticed something was wrong when his car was still outside of his house and not at work. He ran an autopsy this morning, and results indicate that Henderson died from electrocution.

He believes he was switching out an old sump pump to keep his basement from flooding and had thought he had turned off the breakers.

The coroner is grateful that the niece did not step into the water when she found her uncle and instead called for help.

"An absolute tragic situation," Gustafson said. "You have to understand that this gentleman was one that I believe to be very knowledgeable with electricity, with plumbing, with fixing things if you will.

Probably one in four basements was somehow affected by this rain that we received over the last 4 days," he continued. "Bottom line is water and electricity don't mix. Please be careful."

Gustafson says before entering your flooded basement, make sure the breakers are off and contact Mid-American to see if it is safe to enter the room.

Click here for an advisory from Alliant Energy on the electrical risks of wet and flooded basements.


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