Newton Falls flooded by heavy rains

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Slow moving storms dumped heavy rain across the Valley Thursday afternoon, and Newton Falls was hit especially hard.

Parts of the city were literally under water thanks to the storms that rolled through. The Community Park sustained major damage and parts of the baseball field were literally under water.

Rain fell so hard and so quickly that several roads in the village were shut down, with water too deep for cars to pass through.

Homeowners said the water fell hard and quickly flooded their basements and streets. Many of them had just finished cleaning up from the last batch of severe storms that caused flooding a few weeks ago.

“It’s not just water. It”s city sewer coming up from all the neighbors’ houses and so you disinfect and file insurance claims and then insurance companies want to drop you if you have too many claims so it’s like where do you go from here,” said Kathy Byers, whose sister had her house at the corner of West 6th Street and West Broadway flooded.

It was the second time her sister’s house and many others in Newton Falls saw flash flooding in just a few weeks.

“It’s hard. They’re going through a lot now and it’s like do this again. It’s just a mess,” Byers said.

“My one neighbor down the street, she just got a new washer and dryer from the last flood and her basement is flooding again so she’s worried that she’s going to lose all the stuff she just had replaced,” said Maria Shetterly of Newton Falls.

State Route 534 is closed between state Route 5 and state Route 82 due to flooding in Braceville Township.

Flood waters have receeded all around Trumbull County, but a culvert was washed out on state Route 534 causing the road closure.

Radar estimated rain totals were over three inches in just a couple of hours. Parts of Wellsville in southern Columbiana had flooding and Jackson Center hit hard as well.

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