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Toledo residents still struggle with aftermath of 2006 floods

Sandbags still line many backyards near Shantee Creek, but home owners say they are only an eyesore. Sandbags still line many backyards near Shantee Creek, but home owners say they are only an eyesore.
The city upgraded the culvert for Shantee Creek in attempts to prevent future flooding issues. The city upgraded the culvert for Shantee Creek in attempts to prevent future flooding issues.
Debris set at the curb after the first flooding could be seen floating away in the second flood. Debris set at the curb after the first flooding could be seen floating away in the second flood.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It has been nearly seven years since residents along Crawford Avenue experienced flooding, and today home owners are still feeling the ripple effects of that event.

Pete Dugan bought his house in 2001, paying $63,000, and he says before June 2006 things were going well.

"Property values seemed to be going up. Just after the flood everything seemed to go downhill," said Dugan.

Dugan's house suffered damage from sewage. Although he and his wife live in Michigan now, he says they are unable to sell the house due to the stigma attached to the neighborhood.

"I've spent over $30,000 just on keeping the house up, utilities, taxes, payments and now it might sell for less than what it's costing me to keep it up for three years. There's no way we can continue paying for this house when it won't sell."

A lasting reminder for many are the stacks of sandbags still lining many backyards next to Shantee Creek. Gary Mather says all they do now is create a landscaping nightmare.

"It's not preventing anything. They've redone the creek that made water flow more," said Mather.

Mather credits the city for making improvements, including a larger culvert for the creek going under Laskey Road, but he still worries about surface flooding on the street.

"If we get a heavy downburst, it's possible for water to back up at least my driveway," said Mather.   

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