Red Cross Provides Relief for Flood Victims In Marion County


UPDATED: Sunday January 12, 2014 12:56 AM

More than two weeks after floodwaters swamped parts of Marion County, the cleanup and recovery continue.

As residents try to regain their footing, the Red Cross canvassed the community on Saturday to help.

In the waterlogged community of LaRue, falling rain and melting snow are the least welcome sights of the New Year.

As pools of water rise, so does Teri Lawson's anxiety.

She said the weekend before Christmas, the advancing waters of the Scioto River surrounded her home.

"At about 6 o'clock in the morning, somebody was beating on the door telling us we had to go," she said.

Lawson said her family had to stay away for more than a week until the water receded.

“When I walked into the front door, the water was up to my knees, in my house," she added.

She invited 10TV cameras inside her home, where the water left its mark.

The telltale sign is on one of her doors.

"We had 18 and a half inches," she said.  “We had to rip up carpets."

Toughest of all, she said, was the toll it took on her family's holiday.

"I had to tell my two little grandsons Maw-Maw don't have no Christmas for you,” she said as she began to tear.  “You know, that was really hard."

On Saturday, dozens of volunteers gathered in LaRue in hopes of making things a little less difficult.

The Red Cross has been in the flood-impacted communities of Marion County for weeks.

But today they went one step farther, taking help door to door.

“Today is to get out there, get information into their hands, see how they're doing,” said Matt Bertram with the American Red Cross. “This is just an effort to make sure we've got everybody covered, making sure we've done a good job of making it into every corner of these communities."

Teri Lawson is among the residents the Red Cross is helping.

She's grateful, but in LaRue, every rainfall brings a constant worry of what will happen next.

"Flooding again. losing out home you know?” said Lawson.  “We don't have the means to go out somewhere and buy a house on higher ground and move.  This is it."

According to the Columbus Dispatch, The LaRue Community Alliance plans to meet with the Ohio Emergency Management agency on Jan. 15 to discuss ways to prevent flooding in the future.

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