High Water Covers Roads and Forces People From Homes


UPDATED: Sunday December 22, 2013 11:34 PM

In north-central Ohio, the weather service said the Scioto River had reached 14 feet near LaRue, three feet above flood stage, and was forecast to crest about 15 feet by Monday morning.

Linda Berry lives along the river on State Route 237 in Delaware County and says the only way she could communicate with her neighbors was by shouting across the flooded lawn. "I said are you okay and she said yes and we're yelling across the way with my phone number for her to call me so she's going to call me if they need anything I don't think they can get out," Berry said of her neighbors.

The swollen Scioto River surrounded her neighbor's home on all four sides overnight, essentially leaving the homeowners trapped.

In 2012, the county offered to buy the property but the residents wouldn't sell it, so now officials say it will make it much more difficult for the residents to get FEMA assistance.

The river soaked region also forced crews to close the nearby Warrensburg Road Bridge.

Just northwest into Union County there were more flooding problems. Hopewell Road along with several other roads were closed due to high water.

In Marion County, all major arteries leading into LaRue were flooded.

Chris Gamble said he had no other choice but to drive his truck through town to help his stranded neighbors. "They told me I could make it down this way and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody because it's completely over my hood," said Gamble.

Some residents also took the risk to escape but were devastated to leave their homes. "Unfortunately it's right around Christmas time, it's bad," said Gamble.

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