How safe is the Valley from flooding?

Flood warnings and advisories in Trumbull and Mercer counties.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Recent deadly floods in the Midwest led WKBN to question whether that kind of damage could happen near rivers in the Valley, and how much rain would it take to trigger major floods.

In July 2003, the Mahoning River reached its highest levels in a half-century, flooding a 911 center and several streets, forcing evacuations in Warren, Braceville and Leavittsburg. The floods caused millions of dollars in damage and killed a 10-year-old boy in Warren.

One hydraulic engineer WKBN talked with Wednesday said climate change is causing more severe storms across America, saying that it’s very likely another one could occur within the next 30 to 40 years.

One big part you can have in preventing major floods? Check out the storm drains at your home and on your street, and make sure they’re clear.

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