Recently my roommate and I discovered, since the landlord cut down the tree that was over-hanging our basment entrance, we have water issues. And by recently I mean around 2am this morning, and by water issues I mean flooding conditions.
Problem one: Our appartment is below ground level
Problem two: Our floor is lower then the entrance.
Problem three: Water fills up the outside entrance area.
Solution: Quick thinking, a fish tank filter, and some common household items saved the day.. well, night.
Step 1: Stuff Required
Handy-Man's secret weapon: Duct tape
A water containment device of your liking
One fish tank filter
One very understanding fish. (Thanks Winston)