October 21, 2014

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Federal grant buys flood-prone property

CARLISLE TWP. – Richard and Pam Wilson are looking forward to moving to a home that will never flood again.

A $76,848 federal grant will allow them to move out of their house at 136 Woodside Drive near the Elyria County Club. A story Friday incorrectly identified another house as the one being bought using the grant.

The Wilsons` property meets federal guidelines as a repetitive loss property based upon insurance claims for continual flooding problems, according to the Lorain County Emergency Management Agency.

Richard Wilson said he will miss the neighborhood, but he won`t miss 4 or 5 feet of water in his house or hopping into a kayak to get to his car when it floods.

“This is one of the most beautiful places in Lorain County, but it has become very dangerous,” he said.

Wilson, who has lived in the house since 1998, said the problem intensified in recent years. In the past 3½ years, he`s dealt with nine floods inside his home.

The waters have washed away or ruined countless personal items, including Pam Wilson`s first communion book and a 100-year-old oak chest that belonged to her mother, Richard Wilson said.

“There`s been flooding in the past, but it really intensified in 2004 when all of this development finished up river,” he said. “What used to be woods and fields are concrete streets, which drain off into drainage ditches which affect the Black River.”

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.