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Sylvan Beach Residents Clean Up Homes

Many Sylvan Beach residents were allowed back into their homes today, while only two are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 9:04 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2018 9:07 PM

SYLVAN BEACH- Many Sylvan Beach residents were allowed back into their homes today, while only two are being assisted by the American Red Cross. This all came after a mandatory evacuation happened early Saturday morning, leaving nearly 100 homes with water damage. After everything was said and done, residents on Monday began the cleanup.

"Today I have been just dealing with snow blowing some loose snow," said Leo Bitze, of Sylvan Beach. "now we are going to have to get some rock salt to melt down some of this ice a bit."

The story is similar for many Sylvan Beach residents who are moving back into their homes. Now, the main problem for residents and pets, is dealing with ice. 

"I can't get anyone in here to try and get [the ice] out of here," said Jeremy Cooper, of Sylvan Beach. "My dogs can't go out back, I have a fenced in yard and they can't even go back there to go to the bathroom."

Cooper, a longtime resident of Sylvan Beach, considers himself lucky that his house didn't end up like others. 

"I consider myself lucky; I know a few people back there and they have lost everything. It's just terrible," said Cooper. 

To give an idea of just how bad the flooding was WKTV found a shed near the Fish Creek, which was frozen under four feet of water. Bitze, who lived near this shed and who has dealt with first responders first hand, said he is thankful for all that they have done. 

"I would personally like to thank the Red Cross and the Sylvan Beach Fire Department, plus all of the volunteer fire companies that have help us get back into our homes," said Bitze. 

WKTV will continue to follow this story. Be sure to check back in throughout the week with updates. 

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