Overnight thunderstorms cause community to flood - WNEM TV 5

Overnight thunderstorms cause community to flood

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CHESANING, MI (WNEM) -

Sunday night's severe thunderstorms caused flooding in some areas in Mid-Michigan. 

In Chesaning many people woke up to see parts of their neighborhood underwater.

"My wife called me and said it's like Lake Michigan in my backyard," said Michael Vogel-Dier, homeowner.

The thunderstorms left mini-lakes in yards, homes and some businesses in the Saginaw County community of Chesaning

Luckily for Vogel-Dier, he had his waders ready.

"It overflows all the time. When we get this heavy rain this is what we get. It's ruining all my stuff, gets in my basement. Nothing I can do about it really," he said.

Water blocked major state roads and re-routed traffic from M-57. 

Village Sales Auto Repair is right in the center of M-57's flooding. 

Brandon Fall, owner of the shop, said the shop was under 3 inches of water. But that doesn't stop the work that needs to get done.

"It's quite a challenge trying find something solid to hook onto to pull a car out. Especially in water murky like it is and cold," Fall said. "But you just go through if you want to get the job done."

Last year they dug the ditches out for the flooding problem to help it drain, but it hasn't stopped the problem.

Vogel-Dier said he wishes there was a way the county could fix the problem for his home and his family.

However, not every member of the Vogel-Dier family dislikes the flood. 

"It's bigger than a swimming pool, but I'm not dunking my head under there," Savannah Vogel-Dier said.

M-47 re-opened about 10 a.m. on Monday.

However, it may take much longer for all flooded areas of the neighborhood to recede.

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