SANFORD, MI — More than a week after one Midland County dam failed and another was breached by water, people in Sanford are still sorting through the musty wreckage.
The afternoon of Friday, May 29, April Robinson stood beside her pet grooming business, Poochie’s Pit Stop at 369 W. Saginaw Road, as an excavator pulled it down into rubble.
“We weren’t able to save anything,” Robinson said. “Everything was a loss. everything on the inside, all the supplies, everything. Everything was a complete loss.”
Robinson, who lives in Auburn, has operated the business since 2017.
“This building took a lot of work, a lot of work,” she said. “It was just an empty building and we built all the walls. It had a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into it. It’s really sad.”
Robinson said her business had numerous clients who have shown her a lot of love since the May 19 flooding resulting from the Edenville Dam failure and Sanford Dam breach.
“The clients are unbelievable,” she said. “They’re supportive and offering to help.”
Robinson said she plans to relocate her business to Edenville.
“I wanted to stay close to my current clients, because they were so supportive and just here for me,” she said. “I wanted to stay closer so they could still come.”
She hopes to sell the land on which her business sits to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.
“It’s just gonna do it again,” she said. “This is the second time. It flooded two months after I bought it in 2017. Hopefully, they’ll just buy me out for the land.”