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St. Marys community hit hard by floodwaters

Published: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:41 PM

Home near St. Marys surrounded by flood waters

High water signs are up blocking many streets across St. Marys in Auglaize County.

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Water is still high in areas, and several neighborhoods had homes with flooded out basements.

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News Center 7’s Monica Castro spoke with a number of people as they were dealing with the aftermath.

Jessica Thomas and her family living in St. Marys are tired of all the water. She helped sandbag her mother-in-law’s house around 11 a.m. as water started rising. Later, she helped to pump out the water.

“I’m really praying it’ll stop. I mean, his is my mother-in-law’s house. I pulled 9 inches (of water) out of mine last night and now we’ve done about 4 feet out of hers,” she Thomes said.

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Across the street, Carla Sunderland was at work when she got a call that water was rising outside her home. 

Now, she thinks her house likely has some minor water damage. 

“Possibly in the crawl space but not into the house itself,” she said. 

Sunderland said because of all the water, she had to get her dogs to safety. 

“We had to go board our puppies because the yard was full here. One of the puppies was drinking it and throwing up,” she said. 

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Robert Smock was sitting outside Friday evening looking at all the water around him.

“I've lived here for 19 years and this is the second time this has happened,” said Smock, who added that he is hoping he’ll be spared from the high water.

“We are just waiting to see what happens,” he said. 

Many, including Thomes, say they just want the rain to stay away for awhile. 

“I’m just ready for a break. I’m done with this weather,” she said. 

However, many residents are worried more water could affect their homes with the possibly of rain in the forecast this weekend.

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