Floods turn basements into pools

Floods turn basements into pools

There are 9 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Sep 16, 2008, titled Floods turn basements into pools. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Many West Michigan homes and businesses are flooded after the rainy weekend. One such home is on 102nd Avenue in Plainwell.

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Andy Campbell

Toledo, OH

#1 Sep 16, 2008
This is terrible!

The Lee's are a great family and they have lost everything!

They are in need of great help.

I hope and pray that people will offer whatever they can to help them!

United States

#2 Sep 16, 2008
Yeah, and they won't even WRITE flood insurance if you're not in a flood zone - been there, done that. They made where we USED to live a flood zone 6 months AFTER our house flooded. We even checked into flood insurance before we bought because it was in a low area. Course, then there's a friend of mine who lives way up on a hill who is in a flood zone and HAS to have flood insurance. She'd need a minimum 50 foot wall of water to reach her house from road level. Makes no sense.

United States

#5 Sep 16, 2008
Very, very sad... but haven't people learned their lesson from the June & July storms that you need seperate flood insurance to cover flood & that your home insurance policy does not cover flood? You can purchase it as long as your community participates.. a vast, vast majority of communities do.
I will pray for God's grace & provision to pour out on this family.
And if you're reading this-- GET FLOOD INSURANCE & a Sewer Back-up & Sump Pump Overflow coverage endorsement on your home policy.

United States

#6 Sep 16, 2008
I had some water seep in through a crack - which had been repaired and has been completely dry until this weekend - in a downstairs wall making the water go under my carpet. There is no crack in the floor. The insurance company explained that outside water is only covered if a window is broke, forcing it inside; a tree would fall and cause a hole in the roof; or if water would come back through a drain. Anything else is considered "maintenance" - Guess it's a homeowner's problem when a maintenance repair wears out. Maybe they think you can fix it when it's happening!

Quincy, MA

#7 Sep 17, 2008
What, if anything, is the government going to do for people in this situation? Texas and Louisiana aren't the only ones who suffered a loss. I live in MA and we had major flooding like this in our area a few years ago. We don't live in a low-lying area, but some of our neighbors down the hill do. We still got a little seepage in our basement because the rain came down so fast that it couldn't drain into the soil quick enough. We were lucky. But the people down the hill had the same situation as the Lees. Half the house was under water. Downtown and neighboring communities got MORE water, and I do believe they managed to get assistance, but not our neighbors. Why do they draw lines like that? Mr. Lee is a retired marine who came from nothing and made something of himself. He served this country for almost his entire adult life. He also has three young children to support here in MA besides his two step children and wife. What is a man in his position to do? Please don't let this story fade away until something is done.

Jonesboro, LA

#9 Sep 17, 2008
Our basement flooded this weekend too. We do live on a higher elevation and we do maintain our house. The cause of our flooding was beyond anything we could have known until we ripped up our carpet and took down our wall board. Now we have major expense for repairs and replacement that was very unexpected. I feel for the family in this news story. They have to be devistated. I'm upset and we only lost half of our basement. It is going to be very hard for us to pay for these repairs but I am greatful that we at least can still live in our home, unlike this poor family.

United States

#10 Sep 18, 2008
Reality wrote:
<quoted text>
Why would you buy a house that was in a low area?
Because it was a beautiful country setting with no visible neighbors [not no neighbors, just none visible]. Lovely house and surroundings and we had 10 wonderful years there - then it flooded. The people that we bought it from bought it for the same reason we did and the people that bought it from us bought it for the very same reason. Nice area, country setting, yet not to far from the city. That one time was the only time we ever had issues during the time we owned it. Previous owners never had a flood and the new owners were NOT flooded out with all the rain we had last weekend.
know a lot

Allegan, MI

#11 Sep 19, 2008
Don't let Obombya find out about the pools in basements. He will want to tax them for indoor pools.
1. Don't build in low lands
2. Don't dig out below grade to have a walkout basement. Makes a giant funnel into house.
3. Don't expect taxpayers to foot the bill.
4. Community can and do help those in need.
Gretchen Lee homeowner

United States

#12 Sep 20, 2008
For those of you who have prayed for our family we want to thank you, as this has been a really trying time. As I sit here and read the comments that some of you have written it truly doesn't surprise me of your harshness and insensitivity and I ask the Lord to forgive you for you know not what you do, but someday you will. What I would like to express is that many of you say that we shouldn't have built on such low land. This house is 3 years old we have lived in it for 2 years, when we bought the home we had it surveyed and inspected and our home is built on high ground and it passed code for no flooding whatsoever. The house did slope the soil away from our home and down spouts directing water away from the foundation were in place. The land was backfilled and the foundation has combinations of gravel and sand. Because a drain that was 1,000 feet southeast of our home couldn't handle all the water that came on Sunday, it started to back flow and our home became the river. This is not our fault as we took every precaution to save our home and protect our home before we even bought it. As for expecting the taxpayers to foot the bill we have never asked for a dime, we only have asked for prayer. Just so you know we pay taxes as well and if anyone in this town ever had something like this happen I would do everything I could to help them and support them in any way the Lord would allow, the last thing I would ever do is criticize them or degrade them. The Word of God says to do unto others as you would want done to you. This is not just words this is they way we should be to one another. Will my words change anything that any of these people say about us, probably not as God will have to soften their hearts and remove such bitterness and cruelty from within them. But one day if you suffer any disaster in your home that is out of your control I pray that people around you would lend a helping hand to you and allow you to see the Love of Jesus Christ! Kalamazoo is hit far worse than our town was and there are people there who truly need prayer and anything that we can do for them. Please contact the Kalamazoo city hall and see how you can contribute to helping these families, you know it's not always about Tax dollars and money...God will supply and meet all of our needs, as we are His children and the Word Of God says I've never seen the righteous forsaken nor a seed begging for bread!
Blessings Abound,
Gretchen Lee

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