Homeowners Survey Storm Damage In Mid-Michigan

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

"We just finished this house, we just moved in two weeks ago, so it's just hard to see all the work my husband and dad did, just not all of it's going to make it. We've got a lot of work to do."

-Tameeca Mahlich, homeowner

There are still a lot of branches, trees and debris scattered across Mid-Michigan roads and yards tonight.

The damage to homes is pretty significant, too. Many people spent the day surveying what the storm's high winds left behind, and the work is hardly over.

"We just finished this house, we just moved in two weeks ago, so it's just hard to see all the work my husband and dad did, just not all of it's going to make it," Tameeca Mahlich said through tears. "We've got a lot of work to do."

After a year of work remodeling the home in Mason, they now they have a lot more fixing up to do all over again -- from multiple holes in the roof after trees fell on top to water damage throughout the house inside.

"All of the insallation we just put in the attic has got to be tore up," Mahlich said.

That kind of damage wasn't hard to find in the area. In north Lansing, a tree came crashing down on Jennifer Misener's deck just seconds after she was standing there.

"I turned around, shut the door, and it fell," Misener said. "I just couldn't believe it. It came fast. It was really fast."

But it took a while to get a hold of the insurance company that was swamped with calls, and road crews had quite a busy day, too.

"Trees down everywhere," Ingham County road clean-up worker Nate Conner said. "So, we're just trying to clean them up as quick as we can. Just trying to do what we have to do to keep the roads safe for everybody to drive on."

Some people took those matters into their own hands, like Mike Christensen, who spent the day cutting up a monstrous tree that fell onto his step-brother's home in Holt.

"Cutting it up, and getting it out of here," Christensen said.

His step-brother is on dialysis, and Christensen wanted to make sure he didn't have to worry.

"When it happens to your brother, it's a little more important," Christensen said. "Gotta help him out and get him going."

That same support came for Mahlich and her family as well.

"We are so thankful to everybod'y who's come out," Mahlich said. "There has been a lot of people we don't even know half of them, just stopping. It's just lifted us up a whole bunch."

Everyone said things could have been so much worse, and they're just thankful their loved ones are safe.

Road crews will continue picking up branches from the side of the road over the next few days.

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