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Kinsman officials update relief efforts

KINSMAN — Township officials told more than 25 residents at Monday’s meeting they are continuing their efforts to seek available funding and assist those who were victims of last month’s heavy flooding.

Trustee Greg Leonhard said trustees have invited Trumbull County commissioners; the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office; Emergency Management Agency representatives; and state Rep. Michael J. O’Brien, D-Warren; state Sen. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta; and a representative from U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce’s office to a 6 p.m. Thursday meeting at the town hall. Officials will update residents on what is being done to fix roads damaged by flooding — especially Lakeside Drive — which was partly washed away during the July 20 flood.

Trustees said officials and experts will address residents’ concerns and questions. He said information will be provided on what has been done during the past three weeks and what is being planned.

“This is for all residents who had flooding, but mostly those on the east side of the lake. We are three weeks into this and want to keep this on the front burner and not be forgotten,” Leonhard said.

He said Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said $500,000 is available to fix Lakeside Drive. Smith said previously the estimated cost for the county to repair the infrastructure and replace the Lakeview causeway is estimated at $3.5 million.

Some of the funds, approximately $1 million, will be local funds redirected from other projects scheduled in 2020.

Resident Sue Slater of Main Street said homes in other parts of the township, including on Main Street and Ridge Road, also have suffered major flood damage, with residents concerned about furnaces and hot water tanks.

“There are people in other parts of the township who have also had a lot of damage from the flooding,” she said.

Fiscal officer Marge Crupi said the Northern Trumbull Community Foundation will help residents pay for problems with hot water tanks and furnaces. She said a list is being compiled and two local contractors will check on the plumbing and heating needs of homeowners.

“You hear a lot about the homes on the other side of the lake, but we are working on homes in other areas of the township,” Trustee Linda Miller said.

Leonhard said residents and the public should not be trespassing on people’s property to get to the Lakeland area.

“I understand the frustration of not being able to get to your home, but trespassing is not the answer,” he said, noting trespassers will be cited.

Trustees said a fuel tank at a bridge project on Moford East Road that went missing during the July 20 flood was found this past weekend in a cornfield south of the dam after being washed down the spillway.

Fundraisers will continue for affected families including a benefit ride Sept. 21 at Kinsman fire hall, and an arts and crafts walk Oct. 5 at the park. Money will be placed in the Kinsman Relief Fund.

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