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HOWLAND TWP., Ohio - Tuesday storms left significant flood damage in several Howland Township homes.

A resident on Valcamp Ave., Tammy Faychak said storms have caused her basement to flood five times in the past three years.

"Sewage back up from the rain water not going down into the sewage drains," explained Faychak. "It just fills up the gully and once we know it comes up over the gully, we know it's done for us."

Frustrated, Faychak said several neighbors in the area experienced similar issues and yet the township has done little to help.

"Fix the sewage problem in our area," said Faychak. "They had a Bolindale Project where they were going to fix the problem, where is it?"

The Township's Director of Public Works David McCaan said a project did take place to address the storm sewers in the area, but the funding was designated specifically to secure the sewer line to help prevent sink holes.

"You couldn't use that money for any other project except for what it was specifically allocated for," said McCaan.

According to Trustee Darlene St. George, Tuesday's heavy rain impacted between 10-11 streets in the township. Fire crews were called out to five homes on Valcamp Avenue, several were flood related.

McCaan said when it comes to home flooding, there's little the township can do to resolve the issue.

He explains when a lot of rain comes down in a short period of time, like on Tuesday, funding to prevent the flooding isn't there.

"I mean you would need huge, huge culvert systems," said McCaan. "The township, nor any community I would know of, could afford to put in those types of systems that could contain or restrain that type of water event."

As for sanitary back up, it's a problem he said is likely caused from too many down spouts and footer drains connected to the sanitary system, which causes additional water to back up the system. A set-up that is no longer standard.

"Most of them don't have a clue, they didn't build the house. They bought the house when it was connected that way, when it was originally built," explained McCaan.

He suggests if you experience regular flooding, contact your utility provider to make sure the two systems are not connected.

 

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