Residents say flooding worst in years in parts of Holmes County

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People living in Holmes County are cleaning up and drying out after floodwaters soaked portions of the county.

Flood victims say Killbuck Creek reached its highest level in years, leaving some houses and roadways underwater.

Lisa Willis, who lives near the creek on North Main Street in Killbuck Township, pumped water from her flooded basement as she began the cleaning process Wednesday.

"We were ready for it. We moved all our valuables upstairs," Willis said.

Heavy rains turned creeks into raging rivers and swamped large swaths of land.

Those affected say the flooding began Monday night and worsened throughout the day Tuesday, with water levels rising quickly. By Wednesday afternoon, Killbuck Creek began to recede.

"We're gonna have some clean-up to do on this one," said Aaron Chanay, whose yard was flooded.

People living in the flood zone say they've seen flooding before, but it hasn't been this bad in at least three years.

"I call myself a professional flood victim," Willis said. "I know how to deal with it."

The Holmes County Sheriff's Office closed more than a dozen roadways, including a section of U.S. Route 62  by Wednesday morning. One driver's pickup truck stalled trying to forge a flooded section of West Duncan Street in Killbuck.

The rising water covered the Holmes County Fairgrounds in Millersburg and threatened neighboring ALS Millersburg Fairview adult group home.

"I was concerned," manager Melody Seevers said of Tuesday's floodwaters. "We were on alert for evacuation."

Chanay, who is an assistant chief with the Killbuck Township Fire Department, said no injuries were reported and no rescues needed as a result of the floods.

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