Bellville inaccessible due to flooding in Richland County

BELLVILLE, Ohio - Flooding in Bellville in Richland County, has made the town mostly inaccessible. The Clear Fork Mohican River is overflowing its banks along State Route 13 and 97.

A voluntary evacuation is in place according to the Richland County Sheriff. The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Jefferson-Bellville Fire Station on Main Street for affected residents.

The sheriff's department says the dive team had to rescue one woman after she drove into flooded waters and couldn't get out. Other than a few bug bites, she was not injured.

Jolie McCue lives along State Route 13 and is the last home to be able to be reach by foot. McCue has nearly five feet of water in her basement and the water was still rising at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

"I've got everything off the bottom floor and up on shelves, my basement is full of water, I don't have a pump that works very well and I am just hoping for the best," said McCue about her situation.

At this point, village officials and residents are waiting for the water to recede. But with more rain expected Wednesday, there doesn't appear to be much relief in sight.

The Richland County Sheriff's office says the village of Butler is also inaccessible due to flooding.

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