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Sanford Lake continues to rise, some residents boating to their home

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(04/14/14) - Midland County has declared a local state of emergency after damaging flood waters flooded roads and neighborhoods near the Tittabawassee River.

That means the state has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center, to better help local authorities.

Many people near the Sanford Dam are flooded out of their homes.

The flood gates are open and water is pouring through Sanford Dam and into the park, making picnic tables look more like buoys and the grass looks more like a beach.

Homes just south of the dam look like lakefront property Monday night.

"About an hour and a half after we got up, it started coming in through the apartments," said Doug Johndro, whose apartment is flooded with water.

A Hope volunteer firefighter has been ferrying people back and forth to try to salvage whatever they can from their homes.

"We've got about 14 inches of water inside our apartment now," Johndro said.

Neighbors will be bunking with friends and family for now and hoping things look better once the river is done rushing through their town.

"Pretty much lost everything I had except what was on the walls," Johndro said.

Midland County tells us the Titabawasee River is expected to crest Tuesday morning at 28.5 feet.

If you need somewhere to go, there is an emergency shelter set up at Central Middle School on East Reardon Street.

Midland County is also closing a handful of roads many near the Tittabawassee River, which is flooding along Emerson park, near the gold course and by the Tridge. River levels there are expected to be above 28 feet, which is not as bad as originally expected.

The county says Bombay Road is closed between Stark and Hope. North County Line road is also closed between Burns and Fike. Road closure signs are posted.

Drivers are urged to stay clear of standing water.

For a list of road closures and other flood information, click HERE.   

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