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Repeated flooding has homeowner concerned

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GAINES TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (05/13/14) - Flooding is once again an issue across Mid-Michigan.

Even before Tuesday's rain, storms dumped up to 4" of rain over southern Genesee County on Monday.

That's putting pressure both on residents and the Genesee County Drain Commission.

Homeowners are sick and tired of the river of water that keeps threatening their home and property. Once again, rain threatens William Kautman's pole barn, as well as other parts of his property.

"When you pay the money, you know, for the road, you should get what you pay for. And, I'm not," Kautman said.

Kautman says several storm drains along Baldwin Road, west of Seymour, are plugged, broken and in need of repair - something the Genesee County Road Commission and the Genesee County Drain Commission should have taken care of years ago.

Kautman paid a $30,000 assessment nearly 10 years ago for resurfacing of Baldwin Road, which he thought included drain repair or replacement.

"When they paved the road, they said this was part of the engineering. I asked at the township meetings about this being addressed. They said it was going to be done," Kautman said.

While the Genesee County Drain Commission has removed some tree roots plugging the drains, Kautman feels that's not enough. He had to dig a ditch to drain water along the side of his house and pole barn. Existing drains remained full, a day after Monday's heavy rain.

What does Kautman want? "The Drain Commission to come out here, repair it, replace it, do whatever they have to do to get this to where me and my neighbor is not flooded every year."

Jim Gerth, from the Genesee County Drain Commission, said Tuesday afternoon that the existing drains are a century old and unable to carry so much water from torrential downpours over a short period of time.

 Larger pipes could cost more than $300,000, with residents burdened with a good portion of the cost. Smaller, but more modern pipes could be one solution to help homeowners along this stretch of Baldwin Road.
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