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Mattawan residents overwhelmed by flooded homes, village leaders scrambling to find fix

Dozens of Mattawan residents are dealing with flooding, which is being described as the most extensive the village has seen in decades. Those affected are dealing with severe damage in their homes while village leaders scramble to ask other local and state leaders for help fixing the problem.

Dozens of Mattawan residents are dealing with flooding, which is being described as the most extensive the village has seen in decades. Those affected are dealing with severe damage in their homes while village leaders scramble to ask other local and state leaders for help fixing the problem.

On the northern edge of town near Main Street and French Road, there's standing water on the roadways, and parking lots have been victim to massive floods.

Brian Sterling, a resident who lives in the area, can hardly keep up with all the water creeping into his basement.

“It's the exact same battle. It's Groundhog Day every single day,” Sterling said.

Since Tuesday, Sterling has seen cracks forming in his basement. That’s when the flooding began. He says the flooding has taken nearly eight shopvacs just to clear the constant standing puddles.

Sterling is one of more than a dozen homeowners in the Bob-O-Link Estates subdivision dealing with flooding. Tamara Davis says she’s in shock as she works around the clock to save what’s left of her basement furniture.

“We've never had a groundwater flood. We moved here in 2001,” Davis said.

Mattawan’s Department of Public Works superintendent Tom Anthony says the flooding has become increasingly difficult to manage.

“We have residents who have been pumping out water since February,” Anthony said. “It is the most frustrating thing I’ve had to deal with in the 20 years I’ve been here because I can't give it a fix. I can't go to your house and fix the leaky water main in front of the house or the backed up sewer or pond in the road. Every avenue, every step we've taken through the process has led to another closed door.”

Anthony says the flooding is a problem he's been unable to fix so far. Just south of French Road, a retention pond is to blame for the widespread flooding, Anthony said.

“It is completely full,” Anthony said. “Because of the pond, and Bob-O-Link's subdivision overflowing, that is what truly saturated everything.”

Homeowners say they’re being left out to dry as insurance companies won’t cover damages such as this.

“This is devastating for us. We're middle class folks making $10 to $15 an hour. How we going to pay for this?” Denise Cordell, a homeowner in the area, said.

The public works director tells Newschannel 3 they are working with local and state leaders for a fix. A short term solution could involve pumping water from the retention pond and draining it on the other side of the village.

A board of determination meeting is set to be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. at the Antwerp Township Hall located at 24821 Front Street.

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