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High waters continue to cause problems in Mid-Michigan

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (05/14/14) - High waters continue to cause problems for homeowners and businesses in Mid-Michigan.

The Genesee County Drain Commission office has received hundreds of calls for the past few days from business and homeowners who are all concerned because of flooding issues.

Some businesses were even closed, Wednesday, including Swartz Creek Golf Course

We spoke with some folks who were hoping to play golf.

"You're anxious, you want to get out and play, but you can't really do it, you don't really want to hurt the course, they don't want you on the course, it ruins the course if you get out and try to play on it. I want it to dry up for sure, pretty quick, the sooner the better," said golfer Mike Toll.

Some homeowners don't think they've even seen the worst of the flooding yet.

Leslie Shamel and and his wife Nancy are concerned that another downpour could mean even more flooding. They tried to fight the water with pumps on Wednesday.

"Yesterday we had an inch in a half of rain in probably about an hour, but it just kept on rising and rising and rising, five hours later, it was still coming up," Leslie said. "Mostly just ground water against my crawl space, so I just got to pump it out so it don't start getting moldy."

Jim Gerth, with the Genesee County Drain Commission, says low line areas will flood because of the excessive rainfall.

He says there are cases where homes and other places are built in those low areas and some drainage systems are much older. He says it's tough to build a drainage big enough that will handle every event.

Gerth is working with different municipalities to come up with ways to help provide some relief.
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