Flooding closes several roadways

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Flood waters continue to rise across the Valley in the wake of Wednesday’s storms.

Flood warnings were issued Thursday for portions of Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

Flood waters shut down a portion of Barclay Messerly Road near Eagle Creek in Braceville Township. According to the National Weather Service, The Eagle Creek at Phalanx Station was at 13.4 feet. Flood stage is 9.4 feet. The river is expected to crest at 14 feet on Thursday, making some roads impassable.

The roadways immediately impacted are Barclay Messerly Road, McConnell East Road and Braceville-Robinson Road. Some homes may be threatened with evacuations.

The Mahoning River is also cresting its banks. Flood stage for the river is 10 feet. As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the Mahoning River was at 16.1 feet at Leavittsburg. Some residents were evacuated from the area and North Leavitt Road from Market Street to Dorothy Avenue is closed.

In Lawrence County, Route 18 was closed between Reynolds Street and Gardner Avenue in the City of New Castle because of flooding. Other closing have occurred in Shenango Township and Rock Township.

Lawrence County Director of Public Safety Brian Melcer said the roads could remained closed for “a while”

“I think the moral of the story here is if people see a flooded roadway, do not drive through it,” said Melcer. “We had several calls last night of people trying to drive through them. The velocity is very high. A foot or so of water could pick up a 2,000 pound vehicle and move it.”

Motorists should never attempt to drive through  a submerged roadway.

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