A creek that runs behind homes on Pleasant Valley Road overflows with rainwater and sewage after storms, seeping into the homes of residents nearby.
PARMA, Ohio — For some neighbors in Parma, whenever it rains, it floods, leaving mucky water nowhere to go but inside their homes.
Small creeks are all over Northeast Ohio. They’re pretty but can be problematic when storms strike, especially for neighbors on Pleasant Valley Road.
Jean McDonald has spent the last 35 years making a home on Pleasant Valley Road, spending nearly $60,000 investing on her basement that can’t keep water from coming in.
“[We got] feet of water in the basement, three times in less than two years,” McDonald said.
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Rainwater, often mixed with sewage overflow, comes from the creek that runs directly behind their home.
“This morning, it was already over the bridge and starting to come up into the years,” McDonald said.
Photos shared with 3News show just how high the water get.
“It’s raw sewage,” Ivan Hack Jr. with the Izaak Walton League, a national conservation organization, said. “It’s not just main water.”
“You’ve got it in your home, you’ve got it outside your house,” another homeowner, Kim Geyer, said. “It takes weeks, if not months, for the smell to go away.”
Residents told us flooding has always been there, but became an even bigger problem after Pleasant Valley Road was widened six years ago.
“The rate of the waterflow has quadrupled with this road widening,” Geyer said.
Neighbors said they’ve talked with the city, the county, the state, and are continuously given the run around, and that the only option they’re considering is one that will put a stop to all the damage.
‘We’re told it’s each administrations problem,” Geyer remarked. “It’s not really anyone else’s problem.”
3News reached out to the Parma City Councilwoman Kamile Shuman, Saturday, questioning what is being done and how soon a fix could come. Shuman said she forwarded our request to the mayor’s office, but as of now, we have not heard back.
“I want to stay here, but I want some help, and I want to see that you’re actually doing something for us,” McDonald said of the city.
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