Flood clean-up continues in Medina County, residents express concern with more rain on the way

RITTMAN, Ohio -- The sun was out over the weekend, but people who had widespread flooding in recent days are concerned when they hear the word “rain” in the forecast.

There is still plenty to clean up in places like Medina County, and more rain is expected on Monday.

In Rittman, flood victims are just hoping for dry days ahead to make the clean-up a little easier.

Right now there are dumpsters scattered throughout town so people can drop off debris.

It’s helpful for people like Celia Waslack, who watched the water come into her State Street basement during the recent June flooding.

”You just wonder what’s going to happen, how bad it’s going to be and you just keep wishing the rain would stop,” said Waslack.

“I had two inches in my basement and then I had this mud,” she went on.

Reminders of the floodwaters remain at businesses like the IGA grocery store in town. On Sunday, crews continued to dry out the inside.

Meanwhile, as dumpsters are filling up and damaged furniture is resting curbside, Kimble Recycle & Disposal, Inc. is trying to help.

The company said in a press release that they're donating the use of three rolls of containers to the city of Rittman and its residents so they can safely dispose of items damaged in the floods.

"Kimble Recycle & Disposal, Inc. is sympathetic to the residents of the City of Rittman who have experienced hardship and property damage as a result of the heavy rains and flooding experienced in the City over the past week," the company wrote. Adding, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected residents of this weather related tragedy."

The dumpsters will be available for use this coming week.  They will be stationed at three locations:

  • SALT STREET PARK
    East of S. Main St. on Salt St.
  • MORTON SALT PARK
    State Street behind the U.S. Post Office
  • BEECH STREET
    Gravel parking lot behind Rittman Community Freewill Baptist Church

Longtime Rittman residents say flooding is common, but this was probably the worst in the last decade.

Click here to read the full statement from Kimble Recycle & Disposal, Inc.

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