Sanford residents clean up after flood - WNEM TV 5

Sanford residents clean up after flood

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Sanford Dam flooding -- Joshua Westergard. Sanford Dam flooding -- Joshua Westergard.
SANFORD, MI (WNEM) -

The rising river in Sanford had its eye on residential homes this past week, but the water has receded and many residents are counting their blessings.

"We're just thankful that it didn't happen," said Patricia Perry, who lives in a neighborhood just south of the Sanford Dam.

Perry and her husband, James, watched their home as it was surrounded by water. If the levels raised another two inches, it would have went into their home. Now, the river is back within its banks.

"It's the worst we've seen it for a long time," said Dan McRoberts, a Sanford resident.

McRoberts spent Monday night raking up the baseball diamonds in the park directly below the Sanford Dam. He had help from volunteers who put down their bats and helped pick up debris. On Saturday, the Sanford Little League has its opening day. And the baseball team told TV5 the park created more than just baseball memories this year.

"We'll probably be talking about the flood of 2013 when we're older," said one of the baseball players.

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