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Family fights flooding, wants village to tear down house

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- Some heavy rain Thursday afternoon led to water levels rising rapidly.
The heavy rain added to one family's flooding nightmare.  Angela Ingram reports from Fairfax with how a couple has been fighting flooding in their home for 20 years.
Flooding on Simpson in the basement is old hat for the Bohlen family.  They bought the home about 20 years ago and floodwater has come from the sewers and into their basement for years.

Mike Bohlen said, "We arrived at home again today to find that once again local firefighters pumping out water from our garage from another flood that occurred in Fairfax."
In 2001 the neighborhood saw a tragedy because of the flooding on Simpson.  48-year-old Ronald Davenport and his 21-year-old daughter, Anna, drowned in their basement after rising water from the Little Duck Creek broke out the windows.  Mike Bohlen says after his neighbors died he and his wife met with the Director of Emergency Management about the problems with the creek and flooding.
They found out about FEMA Grant funding for the Village to buy homes.

"And since then on our end of the village there's been approximately 15-17 homes that have been purchased through grant funds and some funds that the village has but we have yet to be approached," said Bohlen.
Houses all around the Bohlen's home have been purchased.  There are now vacant lots where some have stood.  Bohlen says the best solution is for the Village to buy his house because he and his wife refuse to sell to another family.

Mike Bohlen said, "To think that someone might move into that home and live in that home and then be harmed or hurt or worse yet, killed, I couldn't live with myself."

Bohlen says he was told by Village officials that FEMA determines which homes are purchased.  But, he says through his research, he's found that's not true.  So he plans to question council about why he hasn't received an offer.

After the Davenport family died some of the residents were selected to speak with the Governor about the flooding.

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