Cleanup and Shock after Flooding in Lawrence County, Ohio

By: Carrie Cline Email
By: Carrie Cline Email

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Here one minute, gone the next -- that's the nightmare folks all across our region were living Wednesday after a long and powerful string of storms unleashed their wrath.

Flash floods washed in and tore up everything they touched. We went to some of the hardest hit areas in Lawrence County, Ohio, where folks didn’t know where to start.

“It’s hard to describe what I’m feeling. I’m angry, I’m in shock,” said Nathan Lewis, a flood victim in South Point, Ohio.

To say Lewis and his family are in shock might be the understatement of the day. Overwhelming high waters from what the family describes as poor drainage in South Point literally ripped the ground out from under them and nearly washed the house away.

The clock barely still hanging from the wall marks the water level and the time this family's world came to a halt.

“You can see water marks on my shorts hanging up," said Anita Lewis, Nathan's wife. "My washer is on its side. This all happened because there’s a drainage situation that runs around the back of our house that’s improper. We’ve been fighting it for years. I was so scared. I haven’t been this scared in a long time."

“I’m just worried about how I’m going to pay for all of this,” Nathan said.

Off Charlie Creek Road, there was more shock and disbelief -- one church congregation, Words of Life, marveled at how the floodwater spared them.

“We’re so grateful," Pastor Ed Williams said. "The water got up to all three of our thresholds, but didn’t get in."

“The Lord doesn’t put more on you than you can bare, and he knew we couldn’t handle anymore,” Williams continued.

The other church, Morning Star Baptist, was victim to more than 10 feet of water on the inside. Its congregation is wondering how they'll move forward.

“The piano is gone, the podium, our sound system, guitars," said Carlos Leep, a member of Morning Star. "Pretty much everything is lost. But, the Lord doesn’t put more you us than we can bear, so I guess he figured we could handle this."

This is the fourth time Morning Star has flooded. The church's members tell us the last flood cost them $16,000 in repairs. At this point, the congregation is debating whether it would be cheaper to relocate.

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