Colerain Township residents still cleaning up after flooding

By Dan Wells – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) –   After three days of heavy rain on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday, people living in Colerain Township say the flooding has to stop.

"I've been here for five and a half years and this has been the worst ever," said resident Richard Cotton.

Groesbeck residents are still trying cleanup water, waste and sludge from hundreds of basements.

"I have had about five hours of sleep since Saturday at 11 o'clock in the morning," said Cotton.

People living on Sheldon and Blanchetta Avenue say the area is simply a mess.

"We have totally cleared our basement there is not a single stitch of anything down there...we wait for the water and then we clean-up the mud," said resident Joe Harris.

"It smells like a port-a-let it's nasty, I mean we're still spraying bleach trying to keep somewhat of a nasty smell...from going upstairs," said Cotton.

Contractors hired by the Metropolitan Sewer District have started to clean-up and document everything lost in the neighborhood but residents still feel a huge sense of frustration.

"Now every time it rains I'm terrified, last night it rained, the alarm went off I called mad they say your pump is fine but it doesn't change the fact that there is fecal matter floating in my basement," said resident Kelly Sutherland. "I want the problem fixed, I want you to stop saying your pump is working fine...because obviously it's not."

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