Homeowners in North Ridgeville salvage memories after flooding

Family momentoes lost in rising waters

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio - "Water started coming in here, up through the vents and through the garage door," said North Ridgeville homeowner Jackie Falk.

Falk was describing what she had to endure last week when severe storms flooded Willow Brook Lane. Like most residents in the area, Falk had to assess the damage after the floodwaters receded.

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"Everything in the utility room was gone, washer, dryer. Everything in the closet all the way around. The entire bathroom had to be gutted. the bedroom set is totally, totally destroyed," recalled Falk.

Damage household items lined the street and sat there for several days until city crews came with front end loaders to haul away water-damaged furniture and carpeting. For Jackie, her main concern wasn't so much for the large expensive items she lost, as she was for the small priceless ones, like mementos of her career as a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines.

"All my posters from all over the world where TWA traveled," said Falk.

Falk was most concerned with family photos that were damaged by the flooding.

"These were all photos I had taken down because I was just going to get ready to put them in albums. I guess it wasn't meant to be."

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Falk has already had contractors out to look at the damage. The lower three feet of every wall on the first floor will have to be reconstructed. Bedroom and living room furniture will need replacing and the bathroom,which was gutted because of the flooding, will need to be rebuilt. She said the needed repairs will be done regardless of predictions of more bad weather on the way.

"I have to go ahead with that and just hope and pray I don't have any more heavy rains to destroy whatever is put in."


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