Thursday, June 19, 2003

High water starts retreat in sodden northwest Ohio

The Associated Press

PAULDING, Ohio - Construction workers and authorities on Wednesday began assessing damage to homes flooded when up to 10 inches of rain fell on northwest Ohio.

Most of the high water had receded by Wednesday afternoon, but some areas remained swamped.

"The fields still look like a lake," said Randy Shaffer, Paulding County's emergency management director.

Shaffer estimated that about 25 homes in the county were affected by the high water that came after six to 10 inches of rain Tuesday.

Rescuers in a boat helped a woman out of her flooded house. People in two cars were rescued after they became stranded while trying to drive through high water, Shaffer said.

Residents and firefighters filled hundreds of sandbags that were placed around at least 15 homes.

In Defiance County, nearly all of the water was gone and all of the roads were open Wednesday, said Sheriff David Westrick.

Homes and businesses in the village of Sherwood had been flooded. It will be a couple of days before damage estimates are available, Westrick said.

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