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Perrysburg homeowners dealing with flooding after heavy rains

PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Monday's rain brought more flooding for residents of one Perrysburg neighborhood.

Homeowners say they've dealt with flooding countless times. On Monday, cars were stalling, basements flooded and streets were under water.

"It just happened so fast. One minute it was dry, the next minute: five inches of water," said Jeff Bobak.

Dozens of homes are now drying out as residents have begun the clean-up efforts.

"It's a mess," said Jeff Gagich. "It's been this way for years. We've been lucky in years past, but our neighbors, some have flooded 3-6 times. It's a major catastrophe and there is nowhere for our water to go."

One homeowner said his insurance company will no longer provide him with flood insurance.

"It's absolutely horrible. There is definitely something wrong with the sewers," Gagich said. "I don't know who is to blame, but someone needs to fix this issue."

The Perrysburg Director of Public Utilities says the water simply has nowhere to go. It fell too quickly on Monday for the storm water sewer in the neighborhood to handle. She says she was not aware of all the issues the residents have had but says she plans to look into it.

Meanwhile, the Lowes in Perrysburg sold countless sump pumps Monday.

"It's what will help get the water that's coming into your basement out…into a drain system somewhere," said store manager Jeremy Wingate.

Wingate says the store saw a lot of customers looking to replace their older pumps. He says trying to keep up with the rain burns out the older motors.

"We noticed that the weather came so quick and the ground hasn't had time to absorb it, so it's just running into houses quicker than normal," he said. "Last I'd looked, we had 2-5 inches of rain in different areas, and that's just coming in quicker than they can keep up."

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