LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- People in flood-prone areas know they need to be proactive rather than reactive, and several people in Lawrence County, Ohio, took steps to be prepared for Thursday's round of storms.
Homes along Routes 217 and 378 in Linnville, Ohio, keep a close eye on the creek beds when the rain starts to fall, because the area is so prone to flash floods.
Folks make sure homes are above flood plains and culverts, and creek beds are clear of debris.
Ronald Bodmer says the creek behind his home is small, but if a lot of rain falls in a short period of time, it can become a swift river.
"It has come through the creek here, and it'll be a wall about 2 feet high just instantly full," Bodmer said.
With each storm he clears the creek of all branches and debris, so that it doesn't flow into his home.
Many homeowners say the chance of flash floods has become part of their everyday life, but it doesn't keep them from making the proper preparations.