Round Lake Beach resident Thom Bourgeois didn't realize he had a flooding problem until he got a call at work early Thursday from his girlfriend.
"There's so much water. Now it's going through the (basement) door," said Bourgeois, who moved into the single-family home on Kenmore Avenue about four years ago. He never had water issues before, but his saturated backyard could not hold any more.
"I haven't been home to look at it yet. It's horrible," he said about 9:30 a.m., while still working his shift at the Thorntons station in Lakemoor.
"Just last week, I finished remodeling my entire basement," he said. Drywall had been replaced, the floor tiled and other improvements were made, he said.
Store managers were in a meeting but he expected to get the green light to go home to assess the damage.
"As soon as they get out of there, I'm going to go," he said.