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Residents to Return Home after Flooding
BETHEL TWP - Folks forced from their homes two days ago by sudden, massive flooding, were allowed back in for the first time to retrieve what little is left of their belongings Friday.
The nearly 100 families at Laynecrest Manor Apartments were given 24 hours to salvage whatever they can, pick up the pieces the floodwaters left behind. In some cases it's not a whole lot..
"I had to mentally prepare myself for what I may have lost and I was praying that things were very valuable were ok. Some were. Some weren't," a stunned Courtney Koleff said Friday. "It's horrible. there are worms on the floor, mud everywhere. I can't explain it really."
Courtney Koleff was able to keep some clothes, a few appliances and her kitchen table. Everything else was destroyed.
"These folks were not only physically traumatized from the rescue efforts but they're also going to have some long term emotional trauma from it too," Bethel Fire Fighter Jerry Meddoc said sadly.
The unpleasant homecoming brought back memories of when the water came rushing in.
"I was asleep and my dog sat on my chest and he never does that so I stood up and my feet were covered in water. I started crying," Koleff reminisced tearfully.
Devastated but not defeated. The Clark County community has railed around the homeless families. A donation drive at Tecumseh Middle School collected hundreds of clothes and other supplies.
Officials say the apartments will be livable in 4 t o 6 months but it doesn't mean folks will be coming back. Most people say they are looking for other places to live.
BETHEL TOWNSHIP-- Residents may be able to return home today after floods waters filled their apartments.
The flood waters are receding after heavy storms Wednesday night.
- WATCH: Video of the flooding from a drone (compliments of Bob Ellis)
This morning some residents in Bethel Township are without a home after high water forced them to evacuate.
The water has gone down, but several residents had to be rescued from their apartment by boat. In some areas, the water was 4-feet deep.
Crews were called in to remove debris from the floodwater, so storm drains could empty the parking lot.
Throughout the day, residents were seen kayaking to their apartment hoping to salvage as much as they could.
One resident tell us her losses total up to about $10,000.
Overnight, many residents stayed at the United Methodist Church, a shelter set up by the Red Cross.
Residents will be able to come back to their apartment to get their things later this morning. They will have 24 hours to get whatever they need. Then this complex will close for the next 4 to 6 months before they will be able to move back in.
Starting at 9:00 the residents will be able to go back in. For those who move back in after clean up will not get their security deposit back but they will get a $500 credit. Those who decide not to return will get their deposit back plus $100.
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