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WILLOWICK -- Trash is piling up after 5,000 homes have been flooded.

"I started crying like I did the last time six years ago," said Anthony Ozello.

The flood waters inundated the basements in Willowick last weekend. Now residents have the throw out just about everything they own. For many, it's the second time.

"We have things in the garage, living room, things in the kitchen, things up in the kids' rooms because we are running out of room to put all of this stuff, so people can come in and do what they need to do," says homeowner Maureen Goerndt.

Mayor Richard Bonde said thatwhen it comes to flooding, this has beenthe worst natural disaster the city has seen.

Since Saturday, the city has been inundated with phone calls and emails, blaming the city's sewage lines.

Goerndt said, "I think it is the sewers because our street took all day Saturday to un-flood. It took the entire day "

Ozello added to the complaint, "The water was up to the curbs and across the street because it couldn't drain anymore."

But Mayor Bonde wants residents to know that, "Willowick is only 2.4 sq miles with 6,000 homes, so we are so compacted that when 3.4 inches of rain falls on us, then that whole, little, tiny area is going to be flooded."

Working on a plan to address the issue for residents, Lake County is trying to get federal assistance from FEMA and they need to hit specific requirements before they can qualify.

The deal maker? 25 homes in the county have to have at least 40 percent of uninsuredstructure damage.

Mayor Bonde said, "If that is the case, then the county qualifies as a disaster area under the federal guidelines."

Lake County Board of Commissioners and Emergency Management Agency plan to give an update on the damage assessment and available resources during a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday (July 25) at the Willowick Retention Basin.

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