Flooding a concern to Roethlisberger

The flooding in Findlay, Ohio, is the worst the town has seen in nearly 100 years. The Blanchard River runs through the town of 40,000 and is seven feet above flood stage and still rising, according to the National Weather Service. Ben Roethlisberger talked to reporters about his hometown.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

As you've seen pictures of the flooding in Findlay, what is your reaction?

It's crazy. I can't believe it. I talked to my parents the other day. Luckily our house is okay, no problems, but they say it's the worst flood that's ever been at Findlay. They had one maybe 10 years ago and I remember how bad that one was, and if it's worse than that it's got to be pretty bad.

When and how did you find out about it?

I actually didn't know anything about it until yesterday (Wednesday) when I talked to my parents. They said something about ‘Findlay is pretty much shut down.' Then I saw yesterday in USA Today and the news and everything.

How far is your house away from the flooding?

They actually had a little bit of water in their basement, just a little bit, but probably a mile, two miles. It's the way Findlay sits. It's down in a valley and luckily my parents are up on the high side of it.

Did they leave?

No, they're still there. They just went out and stocked up on a lot of water because a lot of the water's contaminated.

Do you know a lot of people in that flood?

Yeah. I'm sure. One of my buddies texted me and he said he was sitting on his front porch with the water right up to it and canoes were rolling by. It's just amazing. I've talked to a couple people back there and a lot of people were hit pretty hard with this.

Is there anything you can do to help?

Well, we'll see what happens when that time comes around. There's obviously nothing I can do about the water, but when the cleanup and stuff comes around we'll kind of see where we go from there.


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