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Midland families picking up the pieces after major flooding

Posted at 11:02 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 11:02:46-04
(WXYZ) —

A young family's home in mid-Michigan ravaged by floodwaters has started picking up the pieces after a historic flood.

Jennifer Smith said flood waters filled her basement after they were forced to flee their home on Tuesday.

"It was about half an hour to truly get whatever we could and get out of here," Smith said.

Her husband made his way to the home on Thursday to survey the their loss. Many sentimental items are lost in the water, including her wedding dress and college degree certificate.

Many homes in the area have structural damage and basements full of waters.

Residents are hoping for state and federal relief where private insurance won't cover.

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As the small community labors to clean up, there are sure to be many long days and nights ahead.

"This is total devastation," Smith said. "Everything we have worked for is gone."

A GoFundMe account has been created to help support the family here .