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East Liverpool resident Megan Leek lives just above a now washed out piece of land on Park Way. She woke up Wednesday to find the hillside had washed away from overnight and morning rains.
“I woke up to my whole hillside gone from the weather,” said Leek, who put caution tape around the hole while waiting for city crews to assess the damage.
Leek’s neighbor, Ruth Woodyard, said her garden was completely washed out.
“Just water everywhere,” she said. “And I looked over on this side and there was water and I said, hey, waterfront property.”
Most of East Liverpool woke up to their own waterfront property.
“I got up shortly after 7 a.m. and it was a river through here,” said resident Robert Cochran. “It was a disaster.”
Cochran spent the morning cleaning flood debris in front of his Virginia Avenue home.
“I’ve lived on this street almost 74 years and this is the worst I ever saw,” Cochran said. “I’ve seen the creek come over a time or two but nothing like this.”
East Liverpool Mayor Jim Swoger agreed. The city cancelled trash pickup on Wednesday.
“I’ve never seen it as bad as this,” Swoger said.
He said the water, street, police and fire departments are working around the clock.
“We’re going to correct what we can,” Swoger said. “My guys are all out. They’re doing the best they can.”
In addition, state Route 45 north of Wellsville in Columbiana County is closed because of a culvert failure from Wednesday’s heavy rains. ODOT said traffic will be detoured east on U.S. Route 30 to East Liverpool, then south on state Route 7 back to state Route 45. Motorists should reverse the detour if they are heading west.