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Neighbors In Lansing Continue To Fight Flooding Problems

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A few weeks ago, officials took up the issue at city hall to help neighbors on Burchfield prevent flooding in their homes, but those efforts proved to be too little, too late.

 

When Ashley Giles heard the heavy rain pouring onto her roof last night, she knew it was bad, but she never thought it would force her to have to leave her home.

"I just got to find somewhere for me and my four kids to stay," said Giles.

The city red-tagged her home on Burchfield in Lansing, making it now illegal for her to stay there.

 

"I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm going to call the Red Cross and see where we can get help from, but at this time, nothing. It's just like you got to get up and leave," said Giles. Her basement is flooded and the water knocked out her power. Her kids clothes and her furniture now lie in ruin.

 

"It's pitiful somebody should be able to do something. I have a couch and a sofa down there that's floating. Who's going to pay for that?" she asks.

 

 

"This is the third significant flooding," said Lori Fruk. She says she's still fixing the $43,000 of damage from the last big storm two years ago.

 

 

"We're scared to death we're going to lose our home again. We can't keep going through this--sitting out here at night praying the rain stops and the city starts pumping," said Fruk, whose garage flooded.

 

But the city doesn't have much of an answer for Burchfield. "As far as we can tell and we've investigated this every single storm event, it's working exactly as it's been designed," said Chad Gamble, the director of Lansing Public Services.

 

Gamble says Burchfield has a storm sewer, but clearly it's not stopping homes from flooding. When asked if the city can do anything to make sure homes on Burchfield don't flood again, he deflected the question.

City council came up with a plan to assess the cost of the properties on Burchfield and buy up the properties from the people living there.

Neighbors say there have been three pretty significant flooding instances in two years.

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