Flooding makes some Valley roads impassable

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Lt. Jerad Sutton advises everyone to not travel through Kinsman Township

(WYTV) – The rainstorm Saturday morning hit Mahoning County, but hit northern Trumbull County even harder, causing excessive flooding and road closures.

Several roads were impassable, some even washed away completely.

As of 8 p.m., the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Warren Post said all state routes have reopened, but all township routes in Kinsman will remain closed until further notice.

A portion of Kinsman Pymatuning Road, near the Bronzwood Golf Club, washed away as well as Dennison Ashtabula Road in Greene Township, which is still closed.

Officers are also blocking off some back roads in southern Ashtabula County because of washouts.

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“I have newspaper articles from 1953. It was flooded then. Places get flooded now,” said Mike Dikun, of Youngstown.

Dikun has been living in Youngstown for 35 years and said the flooding is not a surprise to him.

“It’s something you live with and I had to deal with it when I first moved here,” he said.

To deal with flooding, Dikun built a few things around his house.

“I trenched all that way and I put a dry well in over there. Dug about 6 feet down and filled it with gravel,” he said.

While Youngstown had a few damaged areas from the rain, Trumbull County was hit the worst, especially Kinsman Township, where roads were destroyed.

Lt. Jerad Sutton, Ohio State Highway Patrol – Warren Post, said Trumbull County has not had devastation like this since 1985.

“Some [roads] will be closed for a significant amount of time while they put some new culverts in. The washouts there are several and that’s the concern of people driving down through there and running into the washout and getting injured,” he said.

Sutton advises everyone to not travel through Kinsman Township while crews clean up and try to rebuild.

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