Leavittsburg prepares for possible flooding

WARREN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — A flood watch is in effect for parts of our viewing area until Friday morning.

As temperatures rise and the snow and ice melt, massive puddles of water have begun to form on the streets in Leavittsburg. It’s a minor problem, but a possible sign of bigger flooding issues ahead as the Mahoning River sits nearby.

“Yeah, I would be concerned with this snow and the rain that is non-stop,” said resident Suzie Abdeljalil.

Teresa Clifford said she is still recovering from the flood last  summer when she lost everything. There was so much water that day that her dogs had to be rescued, but it taught her how to prepare for the next flood.

“We have a tree marked down a little bit lower and as it comes closer to that, that’s when we know to start moving everything,” Clifford said.

Warren Township Fire Chief Ken Schick said once the river gets to about 13 feet, the fire department starts to get a little proactive and taking some steps to warn residents and do some evacuations.

Schick said flood waters can be even more dangerous during the winter than the spring since hypothermia can set in immediately if someone gets caught in the water.

To check the rise of the river, click here.

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