Flood victims begin cleanup

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Flood victims in Leavittsburg, some of whom evacuated their homes Thursday, began cleaning up on Friday.

The Mahoning River water levels in the area rose to nearly six feet above the flood stage, the worst flooding since 2003 and the fifth-highest recorded level in history.

“We weren’t really going to leave but then they said it was going to rise another six inches so we left,” resident Carol Lemasters said.

Basements and yards Basements and yards were flooded. The Meadowbrook area was one of the hardest hit by the flooding. Canoe City and Swift Park along the river sustained flood damage and remained closed Friday.

Leavittsburg resident Stacey Mathews said she’s dealing with standing water in her basement.

“We actually had to make sure that our flush out valve was completely closed because water was coming in through there,” Mathews said.

Mathews and many area residents cleaned up what they could on Friday.

“Right now we’re just cleaning what we can,” Mathews said. “I called the insurance company. They said pull the bad stuff and we stuck it in the garage so far.”

Homes impacted by the flooding will need to be sanitized with chlorine, a time consuming process.

“We’ve got a lot of stuff that’s going to be thrown away,” Lemasters said. “We have to check the hot water tank and furnace.”

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