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Flooded basement? Get a backup battery for your sump pump

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It's safe to say Dayna Murray's basement is a bit more barren than she would prefer after the third day of Minnesota storms wrecked her Plymouth home.

"We thought we weren't affected; we had a couple little limbs down -- basement is great, and I came down to the basement and went squish right when we got back from church," Murray said.

The Murrays took pictures of their overflowing sump pump, complete with battery backup. Unbeknownst to them, a circuit blew sometime in the 15 hours they went without power over the weekend.

As crews continue to race to turn lights on for the rest of the metro, more evidence of flooded out basements are piling up.

Dave Vogelgsang with Aqua City Plumbing says the frantic calls from people over the weekend have changed today to those fearing more rain in the forecast.

"If you are without power for days and days and days -- and without power even a backup battery system can fail," Vogelgsang said.

On short notice, Vogelgsang says the best thing you can do is test your pump by pouring water on it.

If you're still without power, get a second backup battery as soon as possible, and for next time, consider controls that can alert you about a potential flood by phone and double as a charger.

However, these nuances have their limits – the pump can only last about eight hours if a lot of water in seeping in, Vogelgsang said.

For now, Murray will fall back on her expertise as a real estate agent.

"Insurance is great, and if you don't have sump pump and sewer backup as a writer on your insurance, you really, really need that. Every time I sell a home, I tell people, ‘I don't care what your house is sitting on,'" she said.

Murray believes if this can happen to her home, it can happen to anyone's home.

With crews still toiling away, Xcel Energy says a power restoration timetable still points at Wednesday afternoon for full power in the metro.

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