Monroe County residents brace for flooding as storms move in to metro Detroit

Posted at 4:58 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 17:14:14-04

Folks in Monroe are concerned about flooding from tonight’s storm. Not necessarily from the rain, but the winds on Lake Erie pushing the water over retaining walls and into homes.

In one spot, the wall was destroyed last month.

Some neighbors say tonight’s storm could destroy what’s left of their homes.

“We’ve been cleaning up for six weeks,” said Leslie Manasian.

Her grandfather lived in a home on Lakeshore Drive in Monroe for 40 years. She tells us he’s only dealt with major flood issues in 1985 and now.

She says a storm in April destroyed the wall between the lake and land, but that was after the area flooded.

“Water is at historic highs. Yes we lost our wall but when we got our first flood, we were already flooded.”

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Erie's water levels this month is less than two feet higher of what’s considered average in May. But, the water is still a few inches shy of the record high for the month.

“Eight years ago there was a beach in front of the house now it’s probably over your waist.”

Neighbors fear the latest storm will make things worse. That’s why they’ve been laying down sandbags.

“I just hope that everybody doesn’t think that once the wall goes up that it’s a magic fix, because I really don’t think that it is.”

Leslie’s grandfather is now living with her in Dearborn, uncertain about the future.

“Our house is done, is trashed. I don’t even know what we are going to do with no homeowners insurance.”

Another homeowner tells us she’s tired of the flooding issues and plans on moving as soon as she can.