Haysville family wakes up to furniture floating in flooded basement

HAYSVILLE, Kan. (KWCH) Some of the worst to hit Sedgwick County overnight Thursday is in Haysville where the old Cowskin Creek used to be.

The rain turned a dry creek bed into a river that overflowed its banks, and created a huge problem for the Claar family.

Father Mark woke up to his sons running into his room yelling.

"'The basement's flooded. Come look, come look, you got to see this'," said Claar.

That was around 5 a.m. on Friday.

His son woke up to this.

"It was about waist deep water. My bed was almost under water, and so I couldn't move, I didn't know what to do," said Nathan Bergmann.

"Went down there and there was already two feet of water and it was just pouring in from the windows and the crawl space from the normal side of the house," said Claar.

Knowing the water was not going to stop everyone tried to save what they could.

"We got everything that was dry out and brought it up stairs so it wouldn't get ruined with all the other stuff," said Bergmann.

Before long, his bed and everything else that was not tied down was floating.

The flooding was just as bad, if not worse outside. The road to the family's home was covered in water. The family used rafts and boats to get across.

The flooding in south Haysville on 83rd street is the worst residents say they've seen in decades, going back to the 1970's.

Family and friends came over to help the Claar family get the water out of their basement. They know it's going to take time.

"I guess I'm going to be calling a restoration company to get some work done, best we can do. It wasn't what I was planning on Friday," said Claar.

They expect they'll need to replace just about everything in their basement and that's going to get expensive, especially since not everything is covered.

"Right now we're just trying to get all the water out and dry things as much as we can. Since the insurance doesn't cover our possessions, just trying to dry stuff up, what we need to, salvage what we can, move on from there," said Claar.