First Frances, Now Ivan?

The waters of Duck Creek were back within their banks, if just barely, Thursday afternoon, but they may not stay there for long and the same type of heavy rainfall, which left communities along Ohio 821 under water is expected by Friday.

"We're trying to salvage what we can and get out, as much as we can," said Elba resident Randy Deem, "so if we are hit again, it won't be a total and complete devastation.

Deem showed us the damage he suffered to his home. He got as much out as he can, even items he was urged to keep on site for inspectors, because of concerns over deterioration.

While the possibly heavy rains are one concern for these residents, another is that help from federal and local agencies, hasn't been quick in coming. Red Cross left a box of cleanup stuff, EMA's been through, and the Salvation Army came through Cambridge, but other than that, it's just nobody.

Others who declined to go on camera told us the same story, as did Deem. He did say he heard from officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this week.

"They said they'd be back, and we've just been playing a waiting game, said Kristy Weaver, whose mobile home was destroyed by the flooding. "We haven't heard anything from them."

A Red Cross spokeswoman in Marietta says the agency has been providing shelter and other assistance for Elba residents, according to national guidelines. It hasn't provided more, because there has not yet been a federal disaster declaration for the area.


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