Leavittsburg residents prepare for potential flooding

Leavittsburg residents prepare for flooding

LEAVITTSBURG, Ohio (WKBN) – When the water rises in Leavittsburg, what is a homeowner to do?

“Pray. I mean, I work so much, just pray and hope it does not get too bad I guess,” Shane DeSmith said.

People along the Mahoning River seem to have a devil-may-care attitude about the potential for flooding this weekend. DeSmith saw one of the worst floods in July of 2003.

“We had about 7 feet of water. It was bad. FEMA came down, they evacuated the neighborhood and everything,” he said.

The Leavittsburg area already saw some flooding on Friday, like on a stretch of Barclay-Messerly Road.

“It is like this just about every year, but I think this is going to be the worst, because of the rain that is coming tonight and tomorrow,” DeSmith said.

And with the Mahoning River projected to reach flood stage Saturday evening, what are Jim Szabo’s preparations?

“I can swim. Or climb a tree,” he said, laughing.

One thing some homeowners do is make sure their important utilities are elevated. That means getting the furnace, the water heater and the electric panel up high, so if water does get into their house, the damage is minimal.

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