Portland residents band together after flooding

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PORTLAND, Mich. (WILX) -- Freezing rain is the last thing you'd want to see if you're already dealing with disastrous ice jams.

But residents in the city of Portland are helping each other through it.

"Neighbors helping neighbors, it's really kind of cool. Everyone just kind of bands together and helps each other," Jamie Saintamour said.

So much so that people in the town created a Facebook group dedicated to it. The group is called Portland #IceJam2019 Recovery. It has more than 400 members. Anyone anywhere can join.

"I've seen posts that say, 'I have time and a strong back, and I can help move things.' We've had other people post things such as 'I've got a few pumps available,'" said Tina Conner-Wellman, executive director for Mi Portland Downtown.

Members can post their needs if they've been affected by the flooding. Shops like the Chocolate Moose in the town said they're working to do their part.

"We've helped with coffee and bagels and that kind of thing, helping out in any way we can. It's been amazing. Everyone is just doing what they can do," Saintamour added.

The local McDonald's is also collecting and matching donations. People say the extra help is great, but not really a huge surprise.

"You know, I think it's unique, but it's not unique to the Portland community. The Portland community has always stood strongly together and would do whatever they can to help," Conner-Wellman said.

If you would like to donate to help those affected by the flood, click here.

The town is also hosting an event called "Wine About the Ice Jam 2019" on Feb. 28. It takes place in the downtown business district.