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Flood victims say scavengers add insult to injury

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MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) -  As the cleanup continues, lots of furniture, clothes, toys and more are piling up along curbs all over metro Detroit.
 
Some people are viewing that trash as treasure and leaving others worried of where the contaminated items might end up.

First imagine having to throw out treasured items after Monday's flood - then finding that they were stolen.

"People who are out here this morning, picking through here are scavenging like wild animals," said Madison Heights resident Marcella Pasquinelli. "It's really disheartening. This whole neighborhood has lost all of its belongings - and people are rummaging through it.

Flood victims are now watching their treasured personal items, memories and valuables being picked apart by scrappers and thieves.

"Life is hard enough that you don't need your neighbors doing that to you," said Geraldine Pasquinelli. "That's what brotherhood is all about and there's no brotherhood here."

People should know that these items - no matter how valuable, could be covered in germs, raw sewerage and bacteria.

"It's awful, but if they want fecal-ridden stuff - have at it," Marcella Pasquinelli said. 


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