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Woman without food, transportation receives help

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Hundreds of families are working to clear out their basements after heavy rains triggered historic flooding.

The widespread flooding created especially difficult challenges for elderly residents.

A Midland County woman reached out to the Rescue Squad because she was without transportation and food.

Trudy Boyce said she has been living in her home since the 80s, but said the storm of 1986 doesn't compare to the recent one.

"Nothing like this. Oh this is three times worse," Boyce said.

At the age of 70, Boyce suffers from arthritis which limits her ability to clean up the damage.

"My son is handicap and my daughter is in Nevada. That's all I got," she said.

Boyce said she is not so worried about a lot of the things in her basement.

"I know I got a lot of knick-knacks down there that I never brought back up, but I know if I can find those they can be cleaned up," Boyce said.

It's the necessities that concerned her the most.

"That's my first thing is getting water in here and getting the car. That's my most important thing," Boyce said.

She said her car no longer works and her freezer doesn't work either. She has limited food and no way to get more, she said.

"I guess what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, but it's getting to the point that I am hanging by my fingernails," Boyce said.

Boyce said she has had a lot of issues to deal with lately and is hoping, with the help of the community, this will be one less thing to worry about.

After her story aired on TV5 her coworkers stepped up to help her.

"I couldn't believe it. My own family wouldn't do this, but my 'Right at Home' family did," Boyce said.

Thanks to her coworkers at the Right at Home caregiving service, things are looking up.

"We're helping her get some of this soaked stuff that was flooding her basement out so that way we can get in there. There's no water, nothing for her. So we're trying to get to that portion of it and clean out the debris that's left over," said Holly Dyer, Boyce's coworker.

Jim Gall, owner of Right at Home said they are happy to do it.

"We're just happy to be able to help her out because she's helped us out in a pinch," Gall said.

Boyce said she takes care of her son who is disabled and lives across the city. The flood damaged her car so she had no way to get to him.

Luckily, Midland Ford stepped up and donated a rental car until her car can be assessed.

"Now I'll have a car so I can go visit him and work on all this in my spare time," Boyce said.

Gall said it was their chance to give back to one of their own.

"She's been a caregiver all her life. She's been taking care of her son and people professionally. And when we heard about her situation, our first thought was 'how can we care a little bit for our caregiver? How can we help her out,'" Gall said.

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