Using Boats Instead of Cars After Flooding

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio-- People in several Summit County communities are still not able to return home because of this week's massive flooding.

Many roads are closed and basements are still flooded.

Using a boat is the only way Chris Gnap can get to the auto body shop where he works on Barber Road in Norton.

boat"I had to drive through two feet of water to even get close to here, so I went and got my boat and brought it down," Gnap said.

Gnap and the owner of Norman and Sons body shop say at least two and a half feet of water was inside when the flooding occurred on Wednesday.

"There's probably an inch of mud inside, worms everywhere," Gnap said.

Part of Barber Road near the shop at Interstate 76 was closed because water still covers the road.

But that did not stop some drivers from chancing it, plowing through the high water to get to the other side.

Also in Norton, SkyFOX captured scenes of a home that caught fire. Investigators are not sure if the flooding caused it, but it made it impossible for them to get close to put it out.

In neighboring Barberton, many residential streets are still impassable and some homes are still filled with water, even where it has receded.

"It seemed like the rain came down really hard and it just gushed into the basement," said flood victim Angie Menke.

Jenny Greathouse tried to drive through water on 14th Street, but now her car won't start.
"I seen the water, but I didn't think it was that bad, you know what I mean, and went and said oooh I better stop and by the time I opened up the doors, the water came in," said Greathouse.

The Barberton YMCA is gathering up cleaning supplies for some affected residents. They say more than a dozen are still living here until they can get home.

"It's hard. It really is cause you're in with so many people and when you're sleeping that's usually a private thing," said Diane Hayes.

Residents, who say they have been through this before, say they do not expect the water to recede on 14th Street until Sunday.