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Detroit Flood Center offers resources, hope

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  • Resources for metro Detroit flood victims

    Resources for metro Detroit flood victims

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:13 AM EDT2014-08-27 11:13:32 GMT
    Find a list of helpful phone numbers and website links for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
    Find a list of helpful phone numbers and website links for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
  • Flood victims get cleanup help from volunteers

    Flood victims get cleanup help from volunteers

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:30:55 GMT
    It's been three weeks since historic floods submerged roads and highways and damaged thousands of homes and businesses across Metro Detroit. Saturday, volunteers came together to lend a helping hand.
    It's been three weeks since historic floods submerged roads and highways and damaged thousands of homes and businesses across Metro Detroit. Saturday, volunteers came together to lend a helping hand.
  • 4 reasons the highways flooded, got backed up again

    4 reasons the highways flooded, got backed up again

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:23:58 GMT
    Several roadways are flooded again Wednesday morning after Tuesday's rainfall. Diane Cross from MDOT explains why this happened again after the major floods on August 11.
    Several roadways are flooded again Wednesday morning after Tuesday's rainfall. Diane Cross from MDOT explains why this happened again after the major floods on August 11.
CITY OF DETROIT - "It was above my knees, I had my dog in the basement," said Robanna Garner, whose home flooded. "I didn't know it flooded until I heard (the dog) barking and had to go get him."
 
It is a line full of storm stories, one after the other of people still dealing with their drenched and destroyed homes. These pictures will always remind Mary Bitzman of the heartache and hardship.
 
"We couldn't do anything until the next day," said Bitzman, whose house flooded. "We had to wait for the water to go down then throw everything away."
 
Bitzman was among the 50 or so people who were at the Butzel complex on Lyndon Street long before it opened on Tuesday. It was turned into a temporary resource center offering answers and insight during these troubling times that are starting to take a toll.

"You don't have flood insurance, the insurance companies wouldn't take care of anything unless you have it," said Lorenzo Williams, whose house flooded. "A lot of people need help to recover their losses."
 
Which is why they came here. It doesn't promise anything but it does give hope. There are experts on everything from financial assistance, to choosing the right restoration company, to organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army all under one roof.
 
"Today we are offering resources to all Detroit residents because we know the flood that happened on Monday left them in disarray," said Ebony Pedraza of Detroit Homeland Security.
 
It is face-to-face contact these Detroiters desperately need. Conversations some have been waiting days for, while it certainly won't lessen what they have gone through every little bit helps.
 
"It's very heartbreaking you know," Williams said. "I've never seen it this bad before."

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  • Petition calls for end to water shutoffs

    Petition calls for end to water shutoffs

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:44:41 GMT
    A key decision could come this week impacting the city of Detroit's controversial water shutoff program. But first, demonstrators handed in petitions Tuesday calling for an immediate and permanent stop to the policy.
    A key decision could come this week impacting the city of Detroit's controversial water shutoff program. But first, demonstrators handed in petitions Tuesday calling for an immediate and permanent stop to the policy.
  • Battle over new microbrewery in Royal Oak

    Battle over new microbrewery in Royal Oak

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:46:50 GMT
    A new microbrewery and tasting room is headed to downtown Royal Oak. Beer lovers may be excited but many people living in the area are not.
    A new microbrewery and tasting room is headed to downtown Royal Oak. Beer lovers may be excited but many people living in the area are not.
  • Baby safe after barricaded gunman surrenders in Rochester

    Baby safe after barricaded gunman surrenders in Rochester

    Sunday, September 14 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-09-14 04:18:43 GMT
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  • Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:18:53 GMT
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
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  • NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:53:56 GMT
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    Transgender teen escapes from custody

    A transgender girl whose imprisonment without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates has escaped from custody in Connecticut.
    A transgender girl whose imprisonment without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates has escaped from custody in Connecticut.
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