"DETROIT — Terrie Henderson woke June 26 to find her car floating into the street as a historic storm battered her home in the Marina District neighborhood along the Detroit River.
Panicked, Henderson descended the stairs of the two-story brick house on the east side of the city to discover the streets had become rivers, blocking her front and back doors.
In the basement, leather recliners and washing and drying machines bobbed in 7 feet of murky water, hitting the ceiling. Henderson’s 911 calls failed to get through, as did her attempts to reach the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
“It was like something in a movie. It was crazy. It was really crazy. I was terrified the water was going to come all the way up the [basement] steps,” she said. “It was so scary, and it was so fast. You couldn’t get out the front; you couldn’t get out the back.”"