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Short Creek, North Fork residents making strides after flooding

As far the water pressure, the Ohio County Public Service District is on scene jumping another 2-inch line across the creek, but eventually the creek crossing will need to be completely redone.

Cleanup continues for Short Creek and North Fork residents after flooding hit the area nearly 3 weeks ago.

While tremendous strides have been made thus far, some residents still have little-to-no water pressure. Crews have been on site working hard every day.

Tree branches and debris still are scattered near the roads as this community recovers.

"They are pretty resilient out here, so I think we're coming together fairly well," said Debra Dague, a pastor for the West Liberty Federated Church and part of the campus ministry.

She's been going door to door, asking people what they need and she's also lending an ear.

"Telling the stories of, ‘do I run upstairs or do I run up a hillside? When I heard screaming, get out, get out, I opened a door and stepped into 3-4 feet of rushing cold water and my life flashed before me.’ They have to unpack the emotional sides of the tragedy at this point," Dague said.

There’s also a financial impact of the flooding damage.

"Water, like 5-6 feet of water in basements up to their first floor," Dague said.

Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo says there is not enough damage for FEMA to supply individual assistance in the area.

Many local organizations have helped in any way they can.

"Most of our folks in the area are back into their homes or their new living situations," Dague said.

As far the water pressure, the Ohio County Public Service District is on scene jumping another 2-inch line across the creek, but eventually the creek crossing will need to be completely redone.

"I think as a community, we can trust that we're not where we want to be, we are at a very, very good place,” Dague said. “Community support has been wonderful; outside support has been wonderful. "

The Ohio County Public Service District says everyone should have more water pressure Thursday.

They are still awaiting word from FEMA to see if they will receive any assistance for a permanent fix.

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