Flooding Fears Continue as Shelby Residents Clean Up

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SHELBY, Ohio-- Torrential overnight rains forced the Black Fork Creek over its banks, flooding roads, neighborhood parks, local businesses and basements in Shelby.

Among those who had to evacuate were firefighters. "The first inkling we had that we were going to have a problem, they have a stream gauge right outside the fire station and it will send out a text message at a preset river level. That came out around 2:30 a.m. and we all got called in about 3:30, 4:00 in the morning to evacuate the station," said Fire Chief Scott Hartman.

The community has dealt with severe flooding in 2003 and again in 2007.

The city has removed numerous houses on Leslie Lane in an area that is prone to flooding but left two residents, both police officers, there.

On Tuesday, both of their homes flooded.

"It rained all night, got home from work at 6 a.m. I really didn't think the water was going to come up that far, just never stopped. We had all the drains plugged, but it came in through the garage into the basement," said Ed Fetzer, whose friends were helping him bail out.

"It makes you sick to your stomach. What do you do?" said Fetzer.

By late afternoon, the Black Fork Creek and its tributaries had receeded back within their banks.

But with rain still in the forecast residents were still nervous, watching the skies.

"The pleasure of hearing the rain and the thunder and all that that goes with it, I don't get that. Every time that it rains, I worry," said Aaron Bushey.

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