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Torrential Downpour Soaks Auglaize County
CRIDERSVILLE -- Homes hit hard heavy rain Monday left locals cleaning up inches of water.
Cridersville Village officials say the creeks and sewage system can't handle all of the quickly falling rain.
"It smells. It's horrendous," Lacey Jeffers said.
When Lacey's grandmother called her late last night complaining of water in her basement, she wasn't expecting ankle deep water flowing from the toilet.
"It was brown. It was gross," Jeffers said squeamishly. "We heard water rushing in and discovered it was coming from the toilet. It was literally rushing from the toilet."
Lacey and her family mopped into the wee hours of the morning and salvaged what they could, but the work isn't over.
"There's still quite a bit to do. The carpet will have to be removed and everything else."
Bob and Billie Conner live directly across the street and spent their day wringing out items from their basement that saw 6 inches of water.
"We will have to pull up the carpet, replace it. And some of the furniture has to go," Billie Conner explained.
As the residents of Sunrise Street continue to clean up they also have one eye on the sky, watching out for even more rain headed their way.
"We took everything and put it into crates and we've also put stuff in storage so we don't have a lot down there to worry about," Conner said Tuesday.
"I don't know there's anything to do. Pray that it doesn't happen again," Jeffers remarked.
Chief Meteorologist Jeff Booth says Auglaize County is under a Flash Flood Watch until Wednesday at 8 p.m.
CRIDERSVILLE -- Parts of Auglaize County are cleaning up tonight after heavy storms soaked the area overnight.
Water has receded in the Village of Cridersville, but clean up is far from over.
Locals felt torrential downpours dealt with overnight caused damage to cars, roads and homes.
Some who tried to cross submerged and impassible roads failed and ended up with stalled cars.
Village officials tell us the sewage system could not handle the heavy rainfall in a short amount of time. Sewage backup led to overflowing toilets in some homes.
Water seeped inside of homes and overflowed creeks and catch basins around town.
Billie Conner, whose lived in town for over 40 years, spent all night mopping up water in her basement.
"When my husband went down to check it, it wasn't there and 5 minutes later the basement filled up. It was over about 6 inches. It was up to the first step, no over the first step," Conner explained Tuesday.
Townspeople tell us a large number of homes have basements. Locals say they spent Tuesday afternoon removing all valuables in preparation for more rain to come.
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