Storm leaves a trail of damage

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CLAY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Some residents in Clay Township awoke Friday morning to see pieces of their homes scattered throughout their yards.

A large tree fell in Jeff Rench’s yard.  He said when he heard the sirens, he knew he and his family had to run to the basement for cover.

“When you look out in the yard and see half your barn in the trees and the power lines 100 yards away, you realize you’re lucky you were in the basement,” Rench said. “It could have easily been the house.”

His home was not damaged, and his family was not injured.

Rench said the damaged barn is about 150 years old and he hopes to restore it back to the way it was.

High water and flooding is reported in just about any direction you travel. Soldiers Home Road in West Carrollton between Farmersville West Carrollton and Pinnacle roads is under water. Other flooded areas are Factory Road in Beavercreek, SR 725 at Lower Bellbrook Road in Greene County, and Manning Toad in Montgomery County.

Those who live or travel in that area say they are used to it flooding, but Sheriff’s deputies remind that high water can appear  anywhere, so be ready to have an alternate route. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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