High water is just the start of the problem in Bellevue

BELLEVUE When Lori Logan moved into her home on the 10800 block of Ohio 269 about 14 years ago, it w
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



When Lori Logan moved into her home on the 10800 block of Ohio 269 about 14 years ago, it wasn't waterfront property.

That remained true until earlier this month when heavy snowfall and rain caused pools of water to form in her basement and yard.

Wednesday's rain did the most damage to the property of 47-year-old Logan, whose home is one mile north of the Bellevue city limits. The water in her basement reaches her waist.

"I've lost everything," she said. "I've got no running water. I've had to power down everything. The only reason I have heat is because it's an all-electric home."

Her pool table, hot water heater, couch, tables and many other items were destroyed.

Because her home was not listed in the flood plain, she never purchased flood insurance.

Whenever Logan wants to take a shower or needs clean water, she travels to her sister's home.

And she said the only response she's received from government officials is to wait it out.

Bellevue had problems with high water levels on Elm, Charlotte, Sandusky, High, Moore and Monroe streets.

The Mill Pond area also experienced serious flooding, city officials said.

In a statement from the city of Bellevue, Mark Tibbles from Tibbles Well Drilling is quoted as saying "the water table is as high as it has been since the flood of 1969."

He said water pumps were of little use since "there just isn't anywhere to pump the water to."

Brian Mitchell, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service, estimated that Bellevue received between .92 and 1.20 inches of rain during a 24-hour period ending 8 a.m. Wednesday. Half an inch more of rain was expected by nightfall.

That amount of rain isn't ordinarily a problem, but city officials said February's rainfall -- 5.49 inches compared to the 1.88-inch average -- thoroughly saturated the ground water table.

"City workers have been sent to the homes in the flooded areas to help as much as possible, but without a reprieve from the rainfall we have been receiving, there isn't a lot we can do," according to a prepared statement released by the city Wednesday.

Except for a few slick roads, Norwalk and Monroeville were spared major flooding, authorities said.