GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - While their homes weren't washed away by the flood, many homeowners across West Michigan spent Monday assessing damage to their property as the floodwaters recede.
On White Street in Grandville, homeowners worked to dry out their homes while ducks floated down the street outside.
Homeowner Rick Petkus told 24 Hour News 8 he had been pumping water out of his home since Friday.
"Just water filling in as fast as it could," Petkus said, "We got six pumps going right now just trying to maintain it."
But despite the pumps, two feet covered Petkus' basement floor, while sandbags were piled up to protect his furnace and water heater.
Across the street from Petkus, Eric Kooienga had been pumping water out of his mom's home. Kooienga was able to stay ahead of the flooding, and only about three inches of water remained on the basement floor on Monday afternoon.
Neighbor Amy Lipski and her husband had to give up on pumping because the water was flowing in too fast. Instead, they shut everything off and decided to stay with family.
"We were able to get everything out of the basement before the real bad stuff came," Lipski said. "But our washer and dryer are down there. We have the furnace, hot water heater and all that, so, yeah. It's not good."
Drew Condon, an insurance agent, said that only homeowners who live in a flood zone mapped out by the federal government are eligible for flood insurance. Homeowners' policies don't cover water seeping up through basement windows or walls.
Judy Miljan, another insurance agent, said homeowners can buy additional insurance policies that cover water bubbling up from floor drains and sump pumps.
"I encourage people to, if they can purchase that backup sewer and drain coverage," Miljan said.
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