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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio--Flood-weary residents packed North Ridgeville City Hall Monday night to capacity with additional people gathered outside the building.

They said they wanted to voice their concerns over storm damage from last week’s severe weather. They also said that the flooding in North Ridgeville was not only caused by the weather but also an on-going infrastructure problem.

“I don’t want to hear it’s once-in-a-lifetime flood. It’s absolutely not,” said Barb Sutton. “We have had major floods-- 1979, 1989, 1992, 2011, 2012, 2014. This is ludicrous.”

Many of the people attending the meeting said their homes have been flooded multiple times, and when last week’s storms dumped several inches of rain in a short amount of time, it happened again.

“Everything in my house is ruined,” said Julianne Stein, who lives in the Willow Park subdivision, which was hardest hit.

They accused the city of allowing continuous construction without upgrading the storm drains and sewer system.

People said they’ve been dropped by their insurance companies and even their health is failing.

One woman broke down in tears and said, "I didn’t just lose my hot water tank and heater, I lost hope."  She told the mayor that she has to allow her home to fall into foreclosure because her son is so ill living inside the home.

Some told of terrifying experiences. "We had no way of getting out of our house. At one point, my daughter asked if we were gonna die."

At the start of the meeting, city council said they wouldn’t be commenting or responding to each person's concerns at this time because they wanted to give everyone a chance to speak first.

However, earlier in the day, Mayor David Gillock told FOX 8 News that they are taking the situation seriously, speaking with engineers, and looking into ways to improve the infrastructure.

Read more stories on the storm damage.