Donna Homiski is keeping one eye on the sky and the other on her basement.
Ground water from recent rains has flooded Homiski's basement, along with the basements of almost a dozen homes lining the south side of her Draper neighborhood."Every single time it rains we're down here cleaning. Every time we're away from our home we wonder if it's flooding," Homiski said.
Homiski and her family moved into their home at 622 E. Golden Pheasant Drive (12970 South) about a year ago. There was no history of flooding in the 4-year-old neighborhood, but in May they found water seeping into their basement.
On Thursday, the Homiskis returned home to find their basement filled with more than an inch of water.
"We just finished the basement six months ago," said Homiski, standing next to a pile of soaked carpet in her basement.
Soon her neighbors also started taking in water.
"The drain outside my (basement) door had become a fountain because of the pressure," said Gayle Christensen, Homiski's next-door neighbor.
The Christensens had to buy a pump and pull up the carpet in the basement office where the family operates a home-based company.
"For now, we're out of business for a while," Christensen said.
Perhaps most frustrating to area homeowners is not knowing why their basements are suddenly flooding. Many wish Draper city would help find some answers and locate the apparent bug in the area drainage system.
"The city doesn't support us. . . . They tell us it's our problem," said Homiski, adding homeowners insurance won't help because the flooding is apparently caused from ground water.
A Draper city official could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Terry Tucker, who serves as president of the neighborhood homeowners association, said several flooded neighbors held an informal meeting Tuesday with a Draper public works official.
"We want to know why the (drainage) system has worked for four years and now this is happening," said Tucker.
If the problem if not corrected, Christensen worries the value of many of the homes in the high-end Draper neighborhood could tumble.
"I don't think anyone in this development could sell their home right now," she said.