Frustrated over flooding: 95-year-old woman suffers loss after storm

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OBERLIN, OH – A 95-year-old woman feels helpless after her home flooded during Tuesday night’s storm.

Arlene Stalnaker has lived at her house on S.R. 58 for nearly 50 years and said she has never experienced anything like this until last year.

"It`s just like it was last year, everything just flooded.

The basement had probably about four and a half feet of water in it.

"The garage door was broke down, debris all over the front yard and Arlene was just so upset,” said her caretaker Cindy Susak.

Besides all that, Stalnaker also lost her car, washer and dryer and furnace. Those same appliances were damaged this time around too.

Susak said she’s not sure if they can even be salvaged.

"She doesn't have flood insurance, but she does have a small water damage policy, but when you talk about having to redo the whole basement, that`s not enough,” she said.

Stalnaker is still trying to figure out what’s causing the flooding. She said it never used to be a problem.

"I`ve lived by myself here all these years and never had nothing going wrong until these last two years,” she recalls.

Since her driveway dips down, it didn’t take long for the water to spread.

It ruined pretty much anything that was on the ground.

Susak said she feels bad for her client and said she’s not sure what they’re going to do at this point, but hopes someone somewhere can help them.

"She`s been a worker her whole life and these are her golden years and this is what she`s dealing with? Her birthday is Sunday, she`ll be 96 and this isn`t much of a present,” she said.

Susak plans to call the city to see if there’s anything they can do.

In the meantime, they plan to start cleaning up.

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