Note: This story appears in the Tuesday, June 11 newspaper on Page A1.
HAYDENVILLE — After natural disasters occur it can take awhile for residents to get back to living normal lives again, which is exactly what some in the area of Haydenville are still experiencing.
On June 21, 2018, the National Weather Service reported roughly four inches of rain fell within a short two-hour span. This caused a tremendous amount of flooding in the area, so much that residents had to be rescued from their homes.
One of those rescuers was Logan Fire Department Chief Brian Robertson, who said in a recent interview that last year’s flooding was unlike anything he had experienced in his 28 years of service.
Firefighters had help from Ohio Department of Natural Resources rescue trailers as well as residents using their personal boats.
The Red Cross provided direct financial assistance to 42 individuals who resided in the 16 homes destroyed or severely damaged as a result of the storm. Rod Cook, executive director of the East and South Central Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross, estimated around $5,300 was provided for immediate food and clothing purchases.
Area residents donated money and time to helping others rebuild. Steve Good with Good Builders donated time to help repair homes that were damaged. Tim Cordle, owner of Logan Welding, said he and his team helped a lot with rebuilding or restoring homes in the area as well.
Also, Jason Brooks, president and CEO of Rocky Brands, presented a check to eight of the families affected by the flooding along with dumpsters on Route 595 and Green Drive for residents to use.
Other donations and supplies were provided by the United Way of Hocking County, the Green Twp. trustees and Out of the Boat Ministries.
Margie and James Moore live on Green Drive at Haydenville and lost just about everything they worked for, including a truck and car. They built their single-story home together over 60 years ago and the two say they’ve never seen the area flood like it did in June 2018, nor do they expect it will happen again.
“Everything was damaged. We had about three-and-a-half to four feet of water in the house,” Margie Moore said, “so everything from four-foot down is new.”
Family and friends helped the Moores be able to move back into their home about 10 weeks after the flood.
Because the area is not located in a “flood plain,” residents were not required to carry flood insurance. No one The Logan Daily News spoke to had that insurance when the flood occurred — all were reliant upon their own funds or donations.
A family near the Moores lost their car, with flood waters up to the door handles of their vehicle.
“We didn’t get back until about Nov. 20, we were out six months,” Tisa Barlow said. “Some friends had a house that was empty and let us stay there ... we lived there for six months out of boxes.”
The Moores were able to salvage most of their pictures, but the Barlow family was not as lucky. Tisa Barlow stated the family lost many valuable possessions in the home’s basement.
Across the street, Mural and Debra Davis lost their home they built together roughly 30 years ago. Their home had been paid off for less than a year before the flood destroyed it. The Davises now live in a used trailer they purchased with donation money and have since added onto it using wood from their former home. Volunteers with Out of the Boat Ministries have helped the Davises rebuild and fix up their new home.
Several other families have since left the area, but those who have stayed described being closer than ever as friends and neighbors.
“When we needed something, the right person showed up,” Tisa Barlow said.
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Grace Warner is a reporter for The Logan Daily News.