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CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (MyFoxDetroit) - Many have lost so much from Monday's flood, but in Clinton Township a family lost their house to Monday's flood, and their insurance company is refusing to pay.

Now, they are looking for somewhere to turn.

The Lange family lost their entire home when the foundation washed away from underneath them.

Pumping out the water, pulling out the oil, the fuel tank in the basement broke free when the flood waters broke through.
The house foundation washed into the basement as rescue crews in boats  were on their way to pick up Nathan Lange and his two children from their home on Hayes Monday night.

"They came around the corner and as he stepped out on the back porch there the wall collapsed and gave way," said Dana Lange.  "(They) practically threw the kids into the boat. They grabbed the kids. He had to jump on his car because they weren't sure if the porch was going to go next."

Lange wasn't there - she had had to abandon her own car on her way home from work.  she couldn't  get close to her house. She had spoken to her husband just a short time before and he was in the basement

before it all came crashing in.

"I called my husband and I said they're coming and he said he was in the basement and that the water was just starting to come up,," Lange said. "He said everything was fine."

In a matter of seconds, it wasn't.  
On Tuesday they were able to rescue their cats - and get  everything out of the first floor.  That  wasn't damaged  but the house will have to be demolished after four  generations in the Lange family - they no longer have a place to live.

"It looks like it's a total loss," said Mike Popa, T and T Marine Salvage. "They're going to demo the whole home."

It was tough news for the Langes to break to their daughter Hannah.

"I told her last night, she told me 'I don't want to go home unless it's to our real house," Lange said. "I said, 'There is no real house anymore, honey."

Even worse - insurance won't cover this.

"Allstate told us they weren't going to cover anything - not a dime," Lange said.

Although this Lange family is no relation to Fox 2's Amy Lange, she sympathizes for them as if they were. So many others do too - donations are starting to come in and Lange said she and her family are very grateful.

"Everybody's okay and I keep going back to that," she said. "My husband was in the basement 15 minutes before it collapsed, so we are incredibly lucky - we really are."

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