I actually live on the street-- it is a hill, essentially. Depending on which part of the street you live on, you may or may not be susceptible to getting water in your basement. We have several times since we moved in in 2011, however, we also live on the downside of the hill. A sump pump does work/help-- the beefier, the better. The closer to Lowell St., I think the worse off you are. Hope this helps!