Sanford residents band together to clean up destroyed main street
Mid-Michigan homes, roads destroyed by massive flooding after dam failures
SANFORD, Mich. – Every business along the main street in Sanford has been damaged by the flood.
A new energy can be found Friday on Saginaw Road as residents help clean and fix their community.
“All I could think of was that it looked like a war zone,” said Pam Riggie, with Sanford Pizza.
Not only is Sanford Pizza destroyed, photos inside of Riggie’s late father were also washed away.
“I had a collage of him by the register -- that’s where I lived -- gone," Riggie said. "My son came in and he found his ashes. He salvaged that for me.”
Massive flood waters slammed into the mid-Michigan village when a dam up-river failed Tuesday.
Every business was hit hard. Sanford Pizza’s pizza off was tossed through the back wall.
“Never in a million years would I think this would happen,” Riggie said.
The customers who came for pick-up to help the business stay afloat during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders returned Friday to help clean up.
“It is the same way with other businesses," Riggie said. “It is the community that pulls together.”
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