Volunteers In LaRue Helping Homeowners In Direct Path Of The Scioto River

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Community volunteers are fanning out to help those whose homes are in the direct path of the Scioto River.

When your town has seen its share of floods, a delivery of donated wood pallets is a welcome sight.

“It will be a great help to us,” says Diana Craig who plans to use the pallets to get her belongings to higher ground.  Craig hopes she never has to use the pallets because she's still cleaning up from the last flood.

When the Scioto River spilled over its banks last December it destroyed her floors, and furniture.

She says her furnace had 5 gallons of water in it, but it still worked.

The water inside her home was 7 inches deep.

"If we don't get some help with this river, we're not going to be here.  Our homes are going to be empty. It's going to be like a ghost town,” she says.

Diana has called LaRue home for nearly 4 decades.

"I don't want to leave LaRue, I love LaRue and I want to be here the rest of my life, but if we don't get no help, how can I stay here?"

It's what many people in the village of more than 700 are thinking.

Many live in a flood plain where they can't afford the flood insurance, which is why these pallets are so valuable. 

The fire chief says they're going to the neediest.

“They have no insurance and no other means of being to help themselves, so they fall beneath the cracks,” says Chief Mike Fogle of the Marion Township Fire Department.

People like Diana Craig hope the waters of the Scioto River don't rise again.

"I hope and pray real hard. I'm afraid."