Inside Lake Linden flash flood damages and their road to recovery

Published: Jun. 18, 2018 at 6:53 PM EDT
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And so begins the road the road to recovery.

On Monday Lake Linden residents, Robert and Bertha Makolin, watched as workers attempted to be recover their car from what used to be Second Street.

"We couldn’t believe it because we just came home at 10 o'clock the night before and we parked right there and nothing and we got up at 6 a.m. and we see this," said Bertha.

It has been less than 48 hours since the damaging flash flood that swept through Houghton County and Lake Linden residents are still in shock.

"I have lived here for 52 years I have never seen anything like this it," said Steve Klobucarich. "It was raining hard and all of a sudden the whole road was about 2 to 3 inches thick was just a river."

And the damages of the flood were a hit and miss as Second Street is completely destroyed leaving cars stuck in the pavement where a house just feet away was completely untouched.

"It was running down and eating away the road and I thought oh boy there goes my house, but there was no damage. Eventually it went on the left side of the street and kept going down so felt a lot better," said Klobucarich.

Motorists on their way to both to Hubbell, Lake Linden and Ripley face about a 30 minute detour due to the closing of M-26. And nearby, Dollar Bay is only accessible through Sunshine and Coal Dock Road.

"Luckily Dollar Bay didn’t get hit too hard, we lost Airport Road and the road into Ripley and also going into Lake Linden, we had to use the Coal Dock Road, but we are getting through fine," said Leonard Beesley, a Dollar Bay resident.

"Everybody’s been letting each other know how to get to places, which is really helpful," said Gail Ongie from Lake Linden.

The Portage Health Foundation recently created the Houghton County Flood Relief Fund.

100% of that money will be used for humanitarian relief and recovery efforts.

"It's gonna take a lot to recover from this but Cooper Country Yoopers can do it," said Ongie.