At 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, Theresa Bonham awoke to a phone call.
"My neighbor across the street called me and asked me if I had been in the basement," says Bonham, 52, who lives in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit. She assumed the neighbor had seen someone trying to break in.
"So I get up and I open the basement door, and I see a bucket float by. And I'm like, 'Oh my God'."
That night, six inches of rain fell in Detroit within three hours. The heaviest downpour hit the low-lying southeastern parts of the city where Bonham lives.