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Dillonvale resident questions council’s emergency plan, or lack thereof

Updated: Thursday, August 21 2014, 05:20 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- Jefferson County took a pretty hard hit from Wednesday’s storms. More than 24 hours later, dozens of homes still have basements that need to be cleaned out.
Kenny McVicker's home was one of many in Dillonvale that flooded. He says the creek water was rushing across State Route 152 “had nowhere to go but in basements, in yards and homes.”
Most of McVicker's neighbors had windows busted out from debris and creek water. His sewer and storm drains got filled and left all of his belongings in his basement under 4 feet of water. Red Cross provided clean-up kits and the fire department was out working all day to pump water out of basements.
But McVicker says there’s a lot more that needs to be done.
"Eighty-five percent of everything was taken care of (Wednesday) by the fire department,” McVicker said. “I called the village office (Thursday) morning (and asked), ‘Do you have a plan on how we're going to clean this up, where to dump this, this and that?’
“No plan."
McVicker is frustrated with the village because no clean-up plan was set for Thursday, leaving many residents with questions on how they are going to clear out their basements. The fire department did pump the water out of his basement, but now he doesn't know what to do with his damaged items that are left in his basement.
He said some of his neighbors have no water or electricity and water is still in their basements.
"Some of these houses out here haven't even been touched yet,” he said. “Some of them still have 2 feet of water."
McVicker says he also doesn't understand why no emergency council meeting was called and why the mayor of the village has yet to be seen.
“If the mayor couldn’t be here, why wasn’t it assigned to the next person in command? McVicker asked. “Why did the mayor or council come around to ask if you need water? Are you going to need clean up? Are you going to need this or that? No."
Village officials told him they do have dumpsters out at one location, but McVicker wanted to know why they couldn't have one on their street. He was told they don't want to put the dumpster out because worried about random people dumping there.

Dillonvale resident questions council’s emergency plan, or lack thereof

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