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Man Pleads for Township's Help After Basement Floods Twice

SOUTH COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- A Central Ohio man spent Christmas Eve cleaning up a big mess, after heavy rains flooded his basement.

The destructive weather rolled in last weekend at his southeast Columbus home on Williams Road. Much of his furniture and many of his appliances were ruined, as well as items of sentimental value.
 
"It just makes you want to tear up," Guy Devinney said. "Feels like you're fighting a losing battle."
 
That battle started Saturday night. He videotaped heavy rain filling up a clogged drainage ditch near his home.
 
As overflowing water seeped into his basement, Devinney watched helplessly.
 
Devinney said he has asked Hamilton Township officials for assistance, but has yet to get a response. Township representatives did not immediately return ABC 6/FOX 28's inquiries about the flooding problem.

Devinney had similar high-water problems six years ago, when two feet of water flooded his basement.

"My freezer's overturned. The food inside's going to be thrown away. I had the furnace man come yesterday. Thank god he replaced my furnace," Devinney said.
 
But, he can't replace the memories. Tons of Christmas decorations were damaged. The washer and dryer may also be ruined. Devinney said he has spent the last couple days pumping the water out.

"I'd be grateful if I could get that ditch fixed. That way my home won't flood," Devinney said.
 
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