Family frustrated after 16 years of flooded yard in North Ridgeville

Posted at 6:43 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 19:05:59-04

After days of record rain in Northeast Ohio, one family's yard looks more like a moat. 

Gary Donihoo bought the home in North Ridgeville 16 years ago. He said every time it rains, his yard floods. 

He has spent somewhere between $25,000 and $30,000 in repairs to the home to try and mitigate the flooding problems.

Just this year, they raised their driveway about 4 inches.

"We couldn’t even drive into the driveway without actually stepping out of our car into the water," he said. 

The flooding has also caused mold to grow and the sewage to back up. 

"Somebody out there should be able to give me some help. Where I don’t have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to correct the problem," Donihoo said. 

Safety Service Director Jeff Armbruster said he visited the property on Friday morning. 

"They're lower than their neighbors on either side, which does present a problem," he said. "Water has nowhere to go."

Ultimately, Armbruster said the homeowners bear the burden, but the city is doing its part to keep drains cleaned near the home. 

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