Flooding sends residents from homes

Mahoning River expected to crest nearly five feet over flood stage

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple Amie Jones of Warren drives her truck through high water from Eagle Creek covering Nelson Mosier Road Monday afternoon in Braceville. Jones was on her way to visit her grandparents. There were high water signs posted along the roadway.

BRACEVILLE — Boats were called out to help evacuate some homes in Braceville and Leavittsburg as heavy rains caused Eagle Creek to overflow its banks Monday.

Evacuations were necessary along McConnell East, Braceville Robinson and Eagle Creek roads. Trumbull County 911 dispatched fire department boats around 6:30 p.m. to help with evacuations off North Leavitt Road.

Warren Township firefighters spent Monday afternoon going door-to-door in several neighborhoods, including the Meadowbrook area, to ask residents to evacuate and find overnight shelter elsewhere because of the rising Mahoning River, according to a trustee.

The river was expected to crest at 15.8 feet Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. The flood stage is about 11 feet, Trustee Ryan Yoho.

“We get worried at 13 feet,” Yoho said.

The evacuation, not mandatory, was sought Monday afternoon for residents living on Meadowbrook and Turner drives, both immediately northeast of North Leavitt Road and also Park Road and Lovers Lane, Yoho said.

“We can’t force anybody to leave, but we can definitely ask they leave and take safety upon themselves,” said Yoho, who added firefighters would be on standby in case residents who stayed changed their minds and wanted to leave.

Flood warning will remain in effect at Eagle Creek until 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Thomas A. Swift and Canoe City MetroParks are closed until further notice because of the flooding.

Zachary Svette, parks manager, said residents are to be aware there maybe standing water at other parks and should avoid those areas.

The area was hit by heavy rainfall Sunday and early Monday.

Complicating matters, about 4,200 Ohio Edison customers in the Leavittsburg area were without power for much of Monday morning after a transformer near North Leavitt Road and West Market Street failed. Mark Durbin, power company spokesman, said a switch at the substation failed, resulting in a blown fuse. Durbin said the substation wasn’t on fire, but the blown fuse caused an electric arc.

The fuse blew just before 8:30 a.m. Power to the customers was restored by 12:30 p.m., Durbin said.