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Olmsted Township residents say they want something done about flooding

Township says they're working on it
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Posted at 6:45 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 18:53:23-04

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio — He’s exhausted, overwhelmed, and angry.

"They have to do something about this,” said Olmsted Township Resident Ray Safady.

Safady is talking about his backyard.

He says it floods just about every time it rains, and Wednesday morning was no exception.

The Olmsted Township resident has no basement, but he says the sitting water is damaging his house's foundation.

"It’s not just my problem, its all the neighbor's problems and we’ve been having flooding for the last two to three years, it's really bad,” said Safady.

Safady says he never had this problem before until the local school district built a soccer field directly behind his home.

He says everything that does not drain properly on the field, comes into his backyard.

Safady isn’t the only person having issues with flooding in Olmsted Township.

"Done, angry, just over it, I just want a normal house,” said Shannon Anagnostopoulos.

Anagnostopoulos also lives in Olmsted Township. She says there were several inches of water in her yard Wednesday morning, but that was nothing compared to what happened a few months back.

"When it happened in May I wasn’t home, got home 20 minutes later and there was already six inches of water in the basement,” said Anagnostopoulos.

Olmsted Township resident Sherrie Grams is in trouble too.

"We’ve put up all kinds of protection inside, but water is going to go where water wants to go and once it gets into the garage I'm petrified it's going to come into my house,” said Grams. "I can’t afford anymore flooring.”

“We talked to the trustees, they’ve been working on it, but I just want to show how bad it is,” said Safady.

The township tells News 5 it has extensive plans to make things better.

The school district is going to pay to get that soccer field drained properly and the township will manage that project which will start November 1.

The township says it is only responsible for the roads but is working with outside agencies to get the water issues under control.