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Resident: City should cover flooding damage

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Many communities are still drying out and cleaning up after heavy rains covered roadways and destroyed homes around Mid-Michigan.

At least one resident said it wasn't just the rain.

He said issues with the city's drainage system caused his home to flood and now they're refusing to help.

"Same thing that happened last year, how come you guys aren't taking care of it?" Brian Bollenbacher asked.

Officials in Bay City told him he's on his own to clean up the mess left behind when several inches of water flooded his basement Monday. 

"We got a lot of rain and there are a lot of people that have flooding in their basements and they are not going to take care of it," he said.

Bollenbacher said he has a problem with that answer because he believes the city is also to blame.

"Their drainage system can't handle it and the same issue last year, heavy rain backed up," he said.

TV5 went to city hall for answers. They were told City Manager Rick Finn, the person Bollenbacher said made the decision, was gone for the day and wouldn't be available for comment.

"They should be responsible for it," Bollenbacher said.

He said he estimates it will cost several thousand dollars to take care of all of the damage and now that the city is refusing to help he's left holding the bag.

"We maybe got more rain than last year, the water level was a lot higher, last year the city cleaned it up. This year, they said we are not doing nothing," Bollenbacher said.

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