A few days ago our deck was removed to make room for a new one. This means that right now our walkout from the basement is uncovered. Yesterday I noticed the outside drain was clogged so I cleaned it out and got water moving again. Unfortunately either the flow was less yesterday or the dead toad appeared today, but either way water started flowing into the basement because the drain was stopped.
Thankfully my parents had bought us a shop vac and it sucks water as well as dead toads. Once the toad was history the drain returned to normal and the basement was left with just a few puddles to clean up. Only one question remains, how the heck did a full grown toad end up under the drain grate?