Disasters – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
October 11th, 2011 by Jessica

Week #10 – Disasters: Did you experience any natural disasters in your lifetime? Tell us about them. If not, then discuss these events that happened to parents, grandparents or others in your family.

The Flood of ’86.  That’s what it was called.  Saginaw, Michigan was under several feet of water.  They sold t-shirts and bumper stickers with the words, “I Survived the Flood of ’86” emblazoned across them.  On September 10, 1986 the Tittabawassee River flooded after the Tri-City area received 14″ of rain in about 12 hours.  It was quickly classified as a 100-year flood.

Our basement flooded literally halfway up the staircase.  I remember trying to go down there and DaD absolutely panicked.  He must have been terrified at the thought of me wandering down into the water and drowning.  I didn’t realize how dangerous it was.  We lost everything that was downstairs during that flood.  For years afterward, my DaD tried in vain to salvage hundreds of photographs and documents.  Most of it was far too damaged to be salvaged.

I remember standing in the living room looking outside to the neighbor kids floating around in the street on intertubes.  There was nothing but water in every direction, with trees sticking out where the woods stood across the street.  I wasn’t allowed to go outside for the same reason I couldn’t go downstairs.  Our home was elevated approximately 3 feet off the ground, which is the only thing that saved it from being completely destroyed.

Read more about The Flood of ’86 here.

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