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Homes flooded in Norton Shores after high winds

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Posted at 9:31 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-01 10:37:02-05

NORTON SHORES, Mich. — Westerly winds brought water into homes in a Norton Shores neighborhood Monday night. Many people who live close to the intersection Hoyt and Seaway, near Mona Lake, are experiencing inches of water creeping in to their homes.

“We went to bed about 2 o’clock and we got up at 6 in the morning and the water was almost in our cars,” Dean Hilton said.

The water near Dean Hilton's home greets you at the door. He lives on Baker close to Mona Lake. Dean's basement and crawl space are flooded. He says the water is actually lower than it was earlier Tuesday. For the last five hours, he's been pumping out water.

“Just to save our house,” Hilton said.

Further inland, Keith Tenhove's home is also under water.

“This is the worst we’ve ever seen it,” Keith Tenhove said.

Tenhove says, as a result of the flooding, his heat has gone out.

“We’ve got flood insurance, they won’t pay to relocate us, so we’re just going to have to try to pack up and leave the best we can,” Tenhove said.