Reneaud said the mold has also given her severe asthma problems, explaining the way her voice sounds.The water under the bridge to get to their home has gotten so high, it's considered unsafe to use. "The deterioration of the bridge has reached a point where we've had to sign waivers for the propane tanks to come and take care of us," she said. Reneaud and her husband have used all of their savings to try and get compensation they haven't seen yet. "I haven't seen anyone from the city, county or anyone that was involved in the removal of the dam," Garnder said. Residents have a lawsuit pending against the city for their losses, that's related to the controversial removal of the dam in 2012. It has all taken an emotional toll on the people who live here, as they deal with major financial problems caused by something outside of their control. "We had a really nice life prior to this," Reneaud said. "I spent last week with a cart in Father Fred's pantry picking up food. I've never been in a position financially for something I wasn't responsible for". The DNR hosted a public meeting Monday night to look at ways to improve the Boardman River Plan. Many residents expressed their concerns. The DNR acknowledged what they've been through, and agreed to take it into consideration before removing any more dams. They couldn't discuss many of the property damage issues, because it's still pending litigation. Residents can submit their comments and concerns to the Traverse City DNR office until May 16th.
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