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Construction project causes flooding

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BAD AXE, MI (WNEM) -

Some residents headed down to their basement to find their appliances floating in water and sewage.

They said that happened after they claim a construction project caused a backup.

Now they're saying they need help covering the costs and are willing to head to court to get it.

"We lost so many things," Stacia Kohler said. "We had all of our memories down in the basement."

Last year M-53, in front of the Kohler's Huron County home in Bad Axe, was under construction. When the rains came in July, basements flooded, not just with water, but they said also with sewage.

"We hired a company to come in and get rid of all the water and the gunk and we cleared that out," Kohler said.

According to a lawsuit filed in April, more than 20 residents in the area said the construction company Pamar Enterprises is to blame for the flooding because of the construction work.

"It was like two days later we had a second flood. And we lost all of our appliances in the basement," Kohler said.

The Kohlers said when they came down into their basement, their freezer that was there and the hot water heater were both floating. Now they say they're not asking for the moon, they just want a little compensation.

"Our basement is a disaster. We had to replace our central air, get a new washer, dryer, hot water system, freezer. Oh yeah, we're in the hole tremendously," Kohler said.

They say they have no more money to do anything else.

"Of course we're out of pocket. We're out of pocket to a huge extreme," she said.

Attorneys for the construction company declined to comment on the suit. The company has a few days left to respond to the suit.

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