Portland family feels flooding effects


PORTLAND, Mich. (WLNS) – Even though Portland is on the road to recovery, families who live there are still feeling the effects of the widespread flooding first hand.

6 News caught up with one of them who says at this point they’re just hoping for the best.

“We don’t know where we’re going to end up, or when we’ll be able to get back in, or who’s going pay for all of this,” said Rose Cyr, who had to evacuate her home in Portland this week. “My granddaughter just bought a car, maybe a month or so ago to get her back and forth to LCC…it’s under water.”

Cyr and her family were evacuated in the middle of the night on Wednesday.

“They came pounding on the door, told us to get what we can get, and we had to leave,” said Cyr.

They first went to City Hall, then to The Church of the Nazarene, then to a bed and breakfast.

“They even evacuated the B&B, so we had to leave there,” said Cyr.

This took the Cyr’s to another family member’s house. Now, they’re staying at a hotel in Lansing.
“My insurance company said basically the only thing covered is my home, the structure, no contents, nothing in the yards,” said Cyr.

Rose says this is one of the hardest things she’s been through, but through the tough times, she’s more than thankful for the community’s help.

“You don’t expect strangers to stand up and take care of you, but that’s what’s been happening,” said Cyr.


The family says their insurance company will head to their home on Wednesday and assess the damage then.

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