you did make certain the drain worked 1st, right ? ? ?
now to finish the job, excavate the exterior wall sides & coat them w/thoroseal ( or similar product ),,, better yet, use an asphaltic-based roofing cement & cover the trowel'd on coating w/miradrai,,, that will prevent moisture/water/soil acids from infiltrating the wall or attacking the cement's lime &, eventually, rotting the block.
NEVER sign your work so you can always blame someone else
I dug a hole about 3 feet deep and filled it with crushed stone. It never floods in the stairwell - just rainwater which the drain seems to handle well. The old one wasnt built correctly - the water just drained into a hole with about 2 inches of rock and then dirt (it was all for show). Installling a pipe to bring the water away from the house might have been a good idea but I think given the amount of water I get I dont think I needed it for this job.