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Woman kayaks to flooded home to rescue her mother’s ashes

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A woman with a kayak was determined to retrieve her late mother’s ashes from her destroyed house following the flooding of two dams in Sanford, Michigan last week that left thousands homeless.

Kathy Parsch was among the nearly 11,000 mid-Michigan flood evacuees devastated by Tuesday’s rainfall. Unfortunately, her attempt to salvage her mother’s remains this past weekend was unsuccessful, Detroit’s WDIV-TV reports.

When Parsch, 48, and her friends arrived at her former address, they found only the building’s foundation where her home used to stand. They soon spotted the shelter, reportedly floating downriver.

“I think she wanted to go down with the ship,” Parsch said of her mother. “She wanted to stay with my house, I think.”


Now, her friends have started a GoFundMe campaign to help Parsch recover her losses.

“Two days ago Kathy abandoned her house in the middle of the night with just the clothes she was wearing,” the crowd-sourced fund-raiser profile reads. “When we made it back to her house last night, we found out her house, cars and everything she owned had washed away. We found her house later in the middle of the [Tittabawassee] River.”

Kathy Parsch kayaking outside her flooded former home

Later, as flood waters subsided, they were able to re-enter the home. The web post goes on to explain that “insurance will not even come close to helping replace what she has lost.”

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Since May 23, her community has raised over $10,600 toward its $25,000 goal.

Of the “overwhelming” generosity, Parsch says, “This town is amazing.”

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