Plain Township trustee estimates 1,000 homes were damaged by massive flooding

Foundations of some homes washed away

PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A relentless rain on Monday, followed by more heavy rain on Wednesday, caused serious flooding damage to approximately 1,000 homes in Plain Township, according to a township trustee.

Scott Haws is urging residents to submit photographs of damaged residences to the Stark County Emergency Management Agency, as township officials begin the process of seeking funding for the victims.

"We're partnering at the county level with those resources. We're engaging folks at the state level as well to see what other support can be done outside of the traditional Emergency Management Agency," Haws said.

An estimated three inches of rain fell in one hour on Monday, leading to most of the flooding problems.

Jim Meeks was trying to salvage belongings in his basement with his granddaughter on Chaucer Drive NE, when part of the foundation collapsed and the water starting rushing in.

They had to fend of surging pipes, bricks and concrete to escape with their lives.

"It came in like Niagara Falls," Meeks said.

Virtually everything in his basement was destroyed, including Ohio State items, a $5,000 television and furniture.

However, Meeks was able to get of the basement with his wife's wedding dress which was protected in a box.

"It's the first thing I grabbed, her wedding dress," he said.

Trustees announced that manned dumpsters will be located at the yard waste drop off located at 2855 Easton Street NE.

Acceptable items include carpet, furniture and miscellaneous items. No hazardous materials or items containing Freon or other gas will be accepted.

The manned refuse site will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The site will open Friday, June 20 and remain open until Sunday, June 29.

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