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EMA Visits Flooded Areas; Families Still Recovering
MIAMI COUNTY -- Miami County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), in conjunction with the American Red Cross of Northern Miami Valley, the Village of Covington, Concord, and Monroe Townships conducted preliminary damage assessments Saturday in the following areas:
Village of Covington
* North and South Pearl Street area
* Walnut and Harrison Street areas
* East Troy Pike area
* Covington High School area
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* County Road 25-A area South of Troy
* Peters Road and Kessler-Cowlesville Road
We visited North Pearl Street Saturday where a family of seven has spent the last three days removing everything from their home.
Their home is the lowest level of Pearl Street, so when the rain came down Wednesday night, it all flooded to their corner.
"It was horrible and I feel for the other people that has tornadoes or water or fire because this is bad," said Kathy Shafer who has been living there since 1978. "The rain started coming and then we got some hail and then it would stop and then it would just pour down. "The neighbors up the street had to bring a boat to get us out of here."
"I walked across the street just to clean the drain off at that time it was just over my ankle. But by the time I went to the drain and walked back it was up to my knees. 15 minutes later it was in our home." said Shafer's son-in-law Scott McDavid. "We had to tear everything out and cut the walls. I got them cut up to get the wet insulation out and to get the mold factor down."
"You know that's a good question what are we going to do now? We're going to have to dig into our own pockets, our own savings and replace the stuff because insurance won't cover it so everyone is basically screwed," said Jim Platt who has lived in his home down the street for five years. "That person down there on the corner lost everything on the bottom floor. In fact he's not even allowed to live in his own house."
No one on the street had flood insurance since they are not in a flood plain. Insurance gave Shafer $5,000 but early estimates say the damage is going to be more than $30,000.
"They said it's going to cost about $30,000 to get it all done and livable again and we don't have $30,000 laying around," said McDavid. "I don't know what we're going to do. Put it back one board at a time I guess."
McDavid says they were waist deep in water out on the street and inside the water got up to two feet. They have already removed the furniture, stripped the carpet and started stripping out the bottom of the walls from their home. They have to remove anything damaged by the water. The fans and humidifiers are also on so they don't have to deal with a mold problem.
The EMA visited them briefly Saturday looking around the outside of their home. There is no word at this hour how much government assistance will be available to this family or any of the other families the EMA visited.
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