Flood waters begin to recede in Midland County - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Flood waters begin to recede in Midland County


(04/16/14) - The flood waters that hit parts of Mid-Michigan this week are starting to recede - but it's left behind quite a mess.

People forced from their home are getting their first look at the damage left behind.

One of the hardest hit areas was in Sanford, after the Tittabawassee River crested at 28.5 feet.

Folks in Sanford have certainly seen their share of flooding. Those who live in Hide-A-Way Apartments on Cedar Street, near Main Street in Sanford, were able to get back into their homes on Wednesday.

They had to evacuate earlier this week because of high waters.

One man says the water came to his knees. Another man discovered the water level had fallen when he came to check on his apartment around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Many neighbors says they weren't able to salvage a lot of their belongings. Some are going to have to start all over, while others were only able to save a few items.

The flood waters also created some challenges for an organization that helps local seniors.

The director of the Sanford Senior Center says they had about 20 inches of water inside the building earlier this week. They were able to salvage a lot of belongings.

The center is one of three locations that delivers Meals on Wheels to seniors in the area, but that, along with all of the other services, have been shut down since Monday.

The good news is that seniors will still be able to receive their meals. They shifted operations, and are now being delivered out of Trailside Senior Center in Midland.

Some of the seniors we spoke to say it's a relief to still be able to receive those meals, even though the center they rely on is closed.

The director of the senior center says she's not sure when the center will reopen. They're taking everything day by day.

Seniors will still have access to other services they depend on, and there are several other centers in Midland County that they can use. You can contact Trailside Senior Center for more information.

People are still advised not to drive down closed roads, especially roads that are still covered with water.

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