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CITY OF DETROIT -  It only took a few hours for the water to drain, but by then the damage was done.

"I'm 43, I'll be 44 and I never in my life seen anything like this," said Detroit resident Bennette Boyd. "The deep freezer was floating my food was everywhere see the TV was floating and everything floated everywhere."

Boyd lives in northeast Detroit with her husband, son and grandson.

Monday's storm overwhelmed sewer systems, turning drains into geysers,

Toilets turned into fountains and basements into baptismal pools.

"The water was up to here and as you can see it's still over here  standing," Boyd said.  

Boyd isn't alone.
 
Almost every house on her street spanning several blocks, flooded.

"It tears down the structure of the house, the stairs on your porch," said Gloria Clark. "That's bad and nobody has money to constantly replace this stuff."

"My couch my chairs, all my personal stuff," Theon Jones said. "My photos, my electronics. Everything,  I lost everything and the smell, the stench, is terrible."

Jones' bedridden husband is coming home from the hospital Tuesday. She doesn't know how she'll manage once he does. because her furnace and hot water heater were damaged.

"When my husband comes home from the hospital, I have to be able to bathe him and take care of him."

Mayor Mike Duggan said Monday's storm brought heavy rainfall the likes of  which Detroit hasn't seen in nearly a century.

With that being the case, some wonder what will be done for people who were washed out.

"I called FEMA last night but FEMA said until it's declared a disaster, we  can't get any help," Jones said. "So when will the mayor or somebody come out and declare this a disaster.

"We all lost stuff."



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