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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Broken Water Main Floods Homes In Ohio

MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio -- Some Mingo Junction residents are dealing with a major mess after a main water line exploded Saturday night and sent feet of water pouring into homes.

City officials said the main water line broke on Center Avenue late Saturday. The line broke right in front of Marlene Ray's home, and on Monday, the water was gone but the damage inside and out was evident.

"Right now it smells like sewage and when you walk on the carpet it's real slushy," Ray said.

She and other homeowners are now facing the challenge of what could be a very costly cleanup.

"When I looked around the corner here I said, 'Oh my God.' It was going up the steps," Ray said.

Ray's son, Maurice, said the water was 5 feet deep and the furniture was literally floating. Ray's car was, too, and it is a total loss.

The family described the river of water that ran through a back yard, broke through a fence and flooded their neighbor Andrew Connor's basement.

Connor and his family just moved in 1 1/2 months ago and said, because of the water damage, he had to rip out carpet and drywall inside his new home. He said he's hoping fans will keep mold from forming, and he said his home insurance agent already stopped by but he's still worried.

"We're just hoping somewhere, somehow we're covered by something to help us get through this," Connor said.

Monday, Ray said she was still waiting for information.

"Today is a holiday, so my insurance company doesn't even know what's going on. I have to get in touch with them in the morning," Ray said.

She said with the utilities turned off, she can't even start to cleanup or stay in the house she called home for 35 years. Ray said if her insurance doesn't cover the damage, she's expecting the village to pay.

Mayor Domenic Chappano said that is something for the insurance companies to handle and said he would not comment on the matter.

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