Nine Northern Ohio Counties Receive Flooding Disaster Declarations

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2007 at 4:33 PM EDT

Storms and flooding have caused Ohio's Governor to declare a state of emergency in nine Northern Ohio counties, including Van Wert County.

Nearly a foot of rain in some areas is causing flooding problems for homeowners and farmers.

Findlay Ohio, about two hours east of Fort Wayne, is really suffering, where Governor Strickland did a fly over, and remarked it looked like every home was surrounded by water.

Heavy rains in Van Wert County Tuesday, added to eight and a half inches that had already fallen, causing a variety of flooding headaches.

Homes were threatened by water, while swollen streams forced water up and over bridge decks.

Van Wert County emergency management officials, who issued a disaster declaration Tuesday, say hundreds of homes have water in basements.

We happened on to one woman who had some valuables washed away by a rising creek.

Patti Roberts/Flood Victim: "It was up to my butt Tuesday and I couldn't even get to a bridge, where all of our lumber and things had floated away. The materials were caught under the bridge, so we kind of swam down to get it."

It's been an ironic twist for farmers, who for months were begging for more rain, now their fields look like swamps.

Residents who have had damage, can contact the Van Wert County emergency management office at 419-238-1300 for a shot at getting some disaster aid.

In Paulding County, they are calling for volunteers to help with filling and delivering sandbags.

Waters are subsiding for now, but the forecast of widely scattered showers is enough to keep people nervous for the next day or two.

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