Several west Michigan home owners said good bye to their homes today.

Nine homes in northwest Grand Rapids are being torn down due to frequent flooding caused by an insufficient drainage system.

Officials determined the most cost-effective solution is to get rid of the problem by getting rid of the homes. Residents in the flood zone agreed to sell their houses. For the people still living on Tremont, the neighborhood will never be the same.

Ed Kettle has lived in his home there for 31 years. The flood waters don't reach his basement, so his is one of five homes on the block that's not part of a mostly taxpayer-funded buyout of the properties.

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