Flooding plagues Pickaway County community after heavy rain

Sunday night, areas of Ashville were filled with flood waters. Home owner at Ashville Country Estates said a drainage pipe that has been clogged with garbage causes an entire ditch to overflow when it rains. (WSYX/WTTE)

The water has receded, but the effects of the flooding continued to plague a Pickaway County community Monday.

Homeowners said they are fed up with flooding that occurs nearly any time it rains.

Sunday night, areas of Ashville were filled with flood waters. Home owner at Ashville Country Estates said a drainage pipe that has been clogged with garbage causes an entire ditch to overflow when it rains.

Resident Michelle Stepp said the water was so high it covered her electrical box. She said her home has flooded at least five times since she moved in, leaving her and her two young kids stranded inside.

She said her calls for help so far have gone unanswered, until Monday morning. Several neighbors said that someone stopped by to clean out the ditch.

"I hope they took care of it and it doesn't flood anymore because this is a new home I just got for me and my babies, and if mold gets under there... (My son) has asthma, he's on a machine in my home and black mold can kill you," said Stepp. "I hope they really did fix whatever they had to fix, not just pick up the garbage."

Neighbors said they saw tires and other trash being pulled out of the ditch. Stepp thinks there may be more trash inside the pipes though.

She said she'll find out if the problem has been solved the next time it rains.

"If it rains again I'll know if they fixed it or not because I'll be flooded out again," said Stepp. "I just want them to fix it so that I can live here normally like we everybody else does. I mean it's just us here that keeps getting flooded out and then the man over there."


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