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Ohio River flooding: Over 1,000 structures impacted by flood

Posted at 5:00 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-03 01:04:41-05

CINCINNATI -- Inspectors will assess the flood damage in more than 1,000 structures in the coming days. 

The Ohio River crested at 60.5 feet Sunday after days of heavy rain and flooding. As of Thursday, the river is closer to being back within its banks. 

Most of the flooding in neighborhoods like California occured in the basements of homes, but that doesn’t necessarily make clean up easier. 

Dave Hartinger with Cincinnati Buildings and Inspections is responsible for over 100 assessments through final repairs. Hartinger assessed damage in California Thursday. 

“Buildings that have had structural damage or any kind of significant damage to their systems, we'll assess those and make sure the people are informed about the services that the city can provide and the permits they will need to make those repairs,” Hartinger said. 

Hartinger will likely make a stop at Tina Huff’s house on Eldorado Avenue. Her basement flooded with six feet of water, she said. 

“Furnace, washer and dryer, hot water heater - they're all going to have to be replaced,” Huff said. 

Roger Clark piled soggy debris from his home outside. He said his basement also flooded. 

“It would have been up above my eyes,” Clark said. “I wouldn't have been able to see because it was up 10 inches on this window right here.” 

The American Red Cross will distribute flood cleanup kits from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Ebersole Recreation Center at 5701 Kellogg Ave. to assist Hamilton County residents affected by flooding.