Flooding recedes at Laynecrest Manor; officials evaluate

Flood waters recede at Laynecrest Manor in Medway, Ohio, May 23, 2014. (WDTN Photo/Beairshelle Edme)

PARK LAYNE, Ohio (WDTN) –  Flooding has significantly receded at Laynecrest Manor in Medway and officials were on site Friday to evaluate for structural damage after Wednesday night’s flooding.

Officials told 2 NEWS they believe residents will be able to return to retrieve their items Friday at 5 p.m., and will have 24 hours to clear the building.

Resident’s were forced from their homes in the middle of the night Wednesday as fast rising flood waters poured in, leaving at least 2 feet of water for two days.

“Some of them are obviously kind of still in shock. It happened really fast people were sleeping they thought it was over and then all of the suddenly they hear rushing water you know while they’re in their bedroom,” said Heather Thomas, Dayton Red Cross’ disaster response coordinator.

At least 100 people have been displaced by the flooding.

And officials said they won’t be permanently headed back home any time soon.

They’ve learned the building’s location and infrastructure prevented the water from receding.

“I don’t think it’s particularly typical uh what happened here was rain fell here in a narrow band along maybe 5-mile long band it was very intense and on either side of that band as you probably know there’s little to no rain at all,” said Clark County Emergency Management Agency’s Michael Schulsinger.

“Typically a lot of times it comes up and then comes back down; in this situation, it was stagnet for quite a while because that actually damages things a little bit more because it’s been there and the dry wall and the things like that a lot longer so it– the damage is a little bit worse sometimes in that situation,” said Thomas.

Once officials have completed an inspection of all the units, a report will be given to the state, which will determine whether a declaration for an emergency or a disaster is made.

A declaration could help residents cope with their recovery, both physically and financially.

2 NEWS was able to reach the property manager, Lori Stant.

She said the property owners, Homeland Incorporated, believe it will take four months to start and complete renovations.

The Kentucky-based management company will provide $500 to families who lost their homes and $100 to families who were inconvenienced.

Additional help is being provided by the Clark County Red Cross, which has established a shelter at the Medway United Methodist Church.



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