Weekend weather washes out road in Kinsman

KINSMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – One hard hit area of Trumbull County is continuing to clean up after heavy rains caused flooding to Stratton Creek and damage to roads and homes on Sunday.

And on Monday, heavy rains pummeled the area again, making it hard to catch up with the cleanup. Road crews were out repairing culverts damaged by the water.

“Doing some cleanup, patching some washouts, trying to get the roads as safe as possible,” Kinsman Road Superintendent Tim Tricker said.

Tim Ward lives on State Street and has a river flowing through his front yard and driveway, which is a rare occurrence.

“A couple times before. I got 4 inches of water in the basement one time before. I got about an inch now,” Ward said.

At the Bronzwood Golf Course, owners took pictures of the rising water, which washed out several cart paths and bridges on the course. But a bridge on Kinsman-Pymatuning Road that is used as a shortcut to the club was completely washed out, closing the road indefinitely.

The damaged section of the road is between Route 7 and Delin Thomas Road.

“That is going to hurt if it is closed for quite a while. It is going to hurt bad. You don’t know. We hope they can get it done quick,” Bronzwood Golf Course owner Jim Bronson said.

An official from the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office said the road is maintained by the county and estimated repair costs at $30,000 and repair time at two weeks, barring delays for getting permits.

At the Times Square Restaurant in town, the weather was on everybody’s mind.

“Yes, that is all anyone is talking about today is the weather. I can definitely catch up on my news here,” waitress Courtney Fiest said.

Farmers said they cannot get any work done because of the rain. Most people said they don’t remember flooding being this bad.

“The roads that are closed and the flooding, I have not seen in places in years,” resident Carol Waite said.

And with more rain in the forecast, residents are hoping it is not as bad as what it has been the last couple of days.

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