Beavers at root of water problem in Masury

MASURY, Ohio (WKBN) – There hasn’t been a drop of rain for days in Masury, but the water level is barely going down on Third Street. Cars continue to ride the wake as they drive through.

Sam McGill lives right next door to the water, which is creeping closer to his house. He said it has been like that since Sunday and he is growing more concerned.

“I’m at the bottom of the hill and it is getting worse and worse,” McGill said. “Mosquitos and a lot of water and it is not going away.”

The water flows from a culvert off Sharon-Bedford Road. On the other side of the culvert, the small creek is low and the area is clogged with sticks and mud where beavers are building a dam.

Resident Rick Gaglaridi originally alerted our station to the problem through our Report It tab.

“They came down here and cleaned this out at one time. Now, they are back,” said Gaglaridi. “The beavers are going to do it right now soon as they hear water running they are coming.”

After our station contacted several local and state officials about removing the beaver dam, we were referred to Ohio Edison, which owns the culvert.

A spokesperson for Ohio Edison was checking on their progress for us, but Brookfield’s road supervisor said he was told the company was sending out a crew to remove the dam as early as Thursday.

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