Firefighters rescue residents from flood waters in Dearborn Heights

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) - “All of the sudden the door just flew off, and it blew in like Niagara Falls,” said Marge Taylor as she described the flood waters that surrounded and filled her house on Hanover Street in Dearborn Heights on Monday.

Taylor lives in the home with her husband, daughter and grandson.  

The Ecorse Creek runs through their backyard. They are used to flood waters getting in the basement, and didn’t think much of yesterday’s rains until it was too late. 

“It happened so fast,” said Taylor.

They found themselves stranded in their house until firefighters arrived with an aluminum boat on Tuesday.

They aren’t the only family in Dearborn Heights impacted by the floods. Firefighters tell 7 Action News they kept busy rescuing people surprised the waters hadn’t receded more quickly Tuesday. 

Mayor of Dearborn Heights Dan Paletko tells 7 Action News he has officially activated the city’s disaster plan.    Extra emergency responders have been called in. 

The Richard Young Community Center is open for anyone who needs a place to go because their houses are flooded. The Red Cross has volunteers there helping those in need.

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