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Goodrich homes flooded out, some residents blame village

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GOODRICH, MI (WNEM) -

Friday's rain brought more headaches to people still trying to recover from Thursday's flooding. In Goodrich, basements are still underwater and they're blaming local government for not fixing faulty storm drains.

"You don't expect this type of thing happening, and it's kind of tough watching this type of thing live," said 12-year old Kris King.

King and his brother Nick watched the rain pour down. Once it passed, disaster was literally knocking at their basement door. That was about the time their mother Terese Allen got home.

"Through the walls, like a fountain, just pouring in, it wasn't coming in through the windows or the doors, just through the walls," Allen said.

The basement pooled with more than a foot of water. The water reached the scars the family has from when their home flooded in 2011.

"Was a lot worse this time than it was last time," said Allen. "Still paying on the furnace and the hot water heater, hopefully we can save it today."

Not too far away, the basement wall collapsed at Caitlin and John Pavlick's home. The flooding since moved on, but the damage is done.

"To come home and watch everything that I've ever worked for wash away, it's just sad," said Caitlin Pavlick.

And both of these families say the blame falls on the village of Goodrich.

Allen says the original drain infrastructure is designed for a farm which is what the golf course across the streeet used to be.

But as the landscape changed and she says the drain stayed the same, old and outdated.

"It's the Wheelock and Watkins drain and the village's neglect to take care of the situation they've known about since 1996, and the village allowing houses to be built here in 2005," said Allen.

An old drain set to be replaced to take care of flooding issues never was.

"It's beyond a tragedy. It should have been fixed before now," said village commissioner Doug McAbee.

McAbee said in the late 1990's, the council members then gave the project the OK.

"There was a resolution passed to have the village of Goodrich take care of this, and the ball got dropped," McAbee said.

Because that ball got dropped, families continue to pay the price.

WNEM wanted to get some answers for Allen and the other neighbors who say they're being drained by the flooding.

Mark Baldwin is a second year council member. He wouldn't comment on why the drain hadn't been fixed in the past but he did say a plan to upgrade the drains was approved in April. The plan, he says, is now awaiting action from the county drain commissioner.

As Allen waits for the county to make the repairs, she's left wondering how she will pay for the damages and whether the county will take action.

"I would give my right arm to get this taken care of. I've waited a long time, I fought hard, and I'm going to cry. I just need their help," said Allen.

Allen said she's keeping a close eye on the situation and where the replacement project stands. She said right now, it's on the desk of the Genesee County Drain Commissioner but in a pile of the many projects on which the county will work.

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