OH faces tough cleanup

At least some residents are facing flood cleanup work in freezing temperatures.

BY SUSAN KIM | UHRICHSVILLE, Ohio | January 8, 2004


After flooding hit parts of Ohio and Indiana, at least some residents are facing flood cleanup work in freezing temperatures.

About 50 homes in Uhrichsville home to 6,000 people have flooded basements. Uhrichsville is in Tuscarawas County.

By Thursday the streets were still covered with water and ice.

Uhrichsville suffered a similar flood in 1998 but it was during the summer.

Residents across eastern Indiana and Ohio were hit with high water and flash floods over the past weekend. Rivers crested Tuesday and by Thursday water had largely receded.

In addition to Tuscarawas County, flood damage was reported in the following eastern Ohio counties: Belmont, Butler, Columbiana, Franklin, Fairfield, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs, Morgan, Ross and Washington.

The American Red Cross operated shelters in seven counties, and the Ohio Department of Health evaluated water and sewer services in trailer parks in Licking, Franklin, Muskingum and Fairfield counties.

Emergency management officials were still assessing damages Thursday in Ohio.

In Indiana, flood damage hit farmland the hardest.

Church World Service reported it was in close contact with emergency management officials, monitoring assessments to determine if a long-term faith-based response will be needed.


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