PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Sharon Fox has lived on Willow Drive next to the Grand River for 53 years, has waded through lots of flood waters, as many as four floods a year.
"It's come into other people's houses, but it never came into my house," she said.
Her home is the highest in the neighborhood, so while most of her neighbors' homes already were surrounded by water on Friday, she still had a little yard showing.
In the past, while high water forced her neighbors out, she toughed it out. She never let the river win.
But, this flood is different. "This is the worst," she said.
She can hear the water roaring from inside. And, through some kind of illusion, the rushing river looks higher than the banks that are failing to hold it in.
"It's coming up to my house," she said.
Still, she doesn't want to leave.
"I love living on the river. During the summertime, we have a good time. We have fishing contests, we have a camp out every August. The whole gang comes out, puts up their tents, you know. We just have a good time."
But, there's the matter of that home-made water gauge on the tree next to the river -- actually in the river.
"When it's on like 4, I know that it's over the corner on Bailey. That usually means I can't drive out."
"When it gets a little higher, it means I know when it's coming over my road."
On Friday, it was just shy of 7. "That means it's probably over my waders," she said.
And, that means it's time to go.
"It's hard. you know. I always wondered why people had such a hard time. I can see why they do. I really really would like to stay. I really would, but I know i better move on.
So, Friday, while her son stayed behind to watch the neighborhood, her family helped raise her furniture on top of bricks and pickle barrels. They prepared her for the boat ride to dry ground.
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