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Flooding in Perrysburg Twp. damages a dozen homes

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The frozen ground, snow melt, and yesterday's rain are causing flooding in one Perrysburg Township neighborhood.

About a dozen homes in the Starbright Subdivision off of 795 and Oregon Road are filling up with several feet of water in basements and garages.

Many people who live on this stretch of Starlight Road took the day off of work to deal with this high water. The water in the street is more than 12 inches deep.

Homeowners say they had a bit of flooding back in July of 2008 because of heavy rains, but that was nothing compared to this mess.

The owner of one home said putting sandbags at the end of his driveway was like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

Inside, the view from the top of the stairs to the basement shows it's filled with five feet of water.

Guitars, amps, games, and laundry are all floating in the water.    

The formerly finished basement is now truly finished.

The couple was too distraught to talk on camera because their insurance company just told them the damage would not be covered.

Several blocks of Starlight Road in Perrysburg Township have turned into a reverse public works project.

"We have never seen this before. Ever," says MaryAnn Thompson.

The water is flooding garages and basements thanks to the frozen ground, snow melt, and heavy rain.

"The water just has nowhere to go," says Zoellen Murphy.

Since 3 a.m., Murphy has been pumping 26 gallons of water out of her basement every five minutes.

It's bubbling up through the drains in the floor.

She's relieved her insurance will cover the losses.

 "The reason the insurance will pay is because it's inside the home. So, it's not sewer back-up. Thank goodness for that! This is just frozen water," says Murphy.

Luckily, Thompson doesn't have water inside her home.  However, she's stranded.

 "I called off work. It's not worth ruining my car," says Thompson.

Thompson called the Township because she's worried about when the water will recede.

"The ice is going down and clogging up the sewers and it could take a while. It's pretty much up to Mother Nature right now, they said," says Thompson.

Perrysburg Township crews are trying to help.  They're using a backhoe to remove ice jams and snow from the drainage ditch on the west side of Oregon Road to give the thousands of gallons of water somewhere to go.


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