Dillonvale family looking for solution after flooding surrounds home
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —
With flash flooding in the Ohio Valley Thursday, residents are feeling the repercussions of the rain Friday.
It’s been three times since February that the heavy rains in the Valley have left one woman stranded in her home until high waters can recede.
"Across the street here, the creek makes a bend and goes into a 5-foot culvert,” said Gary Moscato, the homeowner’s son.
Thursday night during the flooding, that bend was too sharp and too shallow to catch the rushing water, turning Moscato’s mother’s home into an Island.
"My mom’s pretty active,” he said. “She’s 88 years old."
Moscato’s mother was introduced as Nan. She lives on the corner of County Road 7 and State Route 150.
"It’s just -- she’s lived her for 41 years, and the same problem all the time. It’s gotten worse since they’ve put a culvert in,” Moscato said. “It comes from both hills and this is where it ends up."
After speaking to Ohio Department of Transportation officials about this mess, he stated it’s not up to them, and the culvert on the hill is in fact, large enough to catch the water.
It’s up to the Corps of Engineers to step in, but that doesn’t make life easier on the Moscatos in the meantime.
"It was up to my ankles in her basement,” he said. “It’s just you don’t want to put anything in the basement because you’re worried about everything getting soaking wet and ruined."
An entire floor of her house unusable, and her landscaping is ruined. Nearly $1,000 worth of yard work has washed away every time the bend in the creek can’t handle the water.
"In three months, we’ve done that, and now it looks like we’re going to have to do it again if she wants it put back the same way it was,” Moscato said. “Somebody got to be responsible you know it can be fixed but nobody wants to do anything "
NEWS9 has reached out to the Corps of Engineers and is waiting for a response.