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.
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"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.