After getting home from work today I had a rather nasty surprise waiting for me. I went over to my parents section of the house, and the cats (which they normally put down at night are clawing and scraping at the cellar door). Its not an odd occurance, so I ignore it and chalk it up to them wanting up for the day. It was too early..So about an hour later my father goes down there and the whole basment is flooded.
I spent 3 hours cleaning the water up with two shop vacs. It sucked, but thank god I moved my stuff out of there a long time ago.
Turns out the problem is the rain gutters. Previously we had them routed into the sewer system, but the city didnt like that and made a new ordinance that its illegal. So we set pipes down to direct the water however that somehow failed and now pretty much everything in the basment is ruined. Hurray for city planners!
Edit: Yes, my father is a machine/parts pack rat!