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More storms threaten Ohio

More storms threatened flood-damaged Ohio Wednesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | FAIRFIELD, Ohio | June 18, 2003

More storms threatened flood-damaged Ohio Wednesday, putting residents on edge as they continued to clean up damage from a weekend deluge.

"If we were to have another storm blast, it would be an extreme threat," said the Rev. Barry Wilson of the Hilltop Baptist Church. "And we're supposed to get a couple more blasts today and tomorrow."

Members of that church have been lending a hand to Fairfield residents who need help cleaning up after the area received more than three inches of rain in less than an hour Saturday.

The Hilltop facility had significant flood damage itself, added Wilson. "The church took a pretty good lick."

In Fairfield, more than 50 homes sustained damage when Pleasant Run Creek overflowed. Damages were reported in New Miami, St. Clair, Oxford and Seven Mile as well. In the town of Wayne, the Seven Mile Creek overflowed and washed out a railroad crossing.

Last weekend's downpours damaged hundreds of homes throughout the state, according to preliminary assessments from local officials. At the height of the storm, emergency crews had to rescue stranded residents from cars and homes, and hundreds of people were evacuated.

State officials were still assessing damages Wednesday to determine appropriate levels of state or federal assistance.

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