Flash flooding hits McDonald, Mineral Ridge


MCDONALD, Ohio (WKBN) – At this rate, it seems like the rain may never end, and another stormy afternoon and evening on Tuesday created more headaches for some residents.

Jamie Batchelder of McDonald was cooking dinner for her family, when she said her kids looked outside and saw the rain filling up her driveway and eventually her garage.

“It came in so fast, there was nothing we could do,” Batchelder said.

Batchelder and her family have lived on Illinois Avenue in McDonald since last fall. On Tuesday, Mother Nature gave the Batchelder family a housewarming gift they could have gone without.

“The storm came through real fast. I didn’t think anything of it until my kids looked through the window and said ‘mom, we don’t have a driveway anymore’,” Batchelder said.

Nearly a foot-and-a-half of water came down the driveway, into the garage and the lower level of the house.

“The floor is ruined, everything that’s probably touched the storm water is ruined,” Batchelder said.

The water was so high it even flooded out her SUV. Firefighters pushed it out of the garage so it could dry out.

She called 911 for help and the McDonald Fire Department got to the house just after 5 p.m.

“It was pretty intense for a while,” McDonald Fire Chief Nick Kish said.

He said calls started to come in after the storm pushed through the village. The Batchelder’s house was the first flooding they were sent to.

As for the family, they said insurance won’t cover the damage. She said her insurance didn’t cover flooding.

To ensure you are covered, visit the floodsmart.gov website.

Flooding in Mineral Ridge also caused problems Tuesday evening. The area of Ridge Street off state Route 46 behind the VFW flooded. Chuck Reedy was inside shooting pool when the rain started coming down.

“Water started coming up inside the building there. Before I know it, it is deeper around my car than it is in the building,” Reedy said.

Afterward, kids biked through the mess but a towing company had to come pull the car out. Reedy said the water rose about 4 feet and he has never seen it come up so quickly.

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