Flood concerns replace snow worries in Valley

Newton Falls flooding

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Kiley Pal already has had to replace her sump pump because of flooding and Tuesday’s heavy rains had her worried because flooding around her neighborhood has happened before.

“You wake up in the morning to go downstairs to get something and you realize you are stepping in water,” Pal said.

Her basement has even flooded before.

“You have that panic feeling like oh my gosh, what are you going to do and try to figure out what to do next,” Pal said.

She was confident the sump pump in her basement would keep the water out, but that didn’t work.

“The sump pump quit on us. I believe it was during this time of year when there was heavy rains,” Pal said.

Youngstown Deputy Director of Public Works Charles Shasho said some people have a higher chance of having a flooded home.

“Depending on the topography of the land, the availability and size of the storm sewers,” he said.

Pal said when they bought the house, they put a drainage ditch to tie into the storm sewer to help with some of the water.

“But when you get the heavy flows, it really does not make a difference,” she said.

In addition to heavy rains, flooding also happens during the melting of snow, which is something the Valley has seen a lot of this winter.

Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding, but Shasho said when calls come in to the wastewater treatment plant, they are ready to help.

“We have some trouble areas, but generally speaking, we get a handful unless there is a real heavy rain or a problem with a sewer,” Shasho said.

Shasho said the wastewater treatment plant is on call 24/7 to take care of flooding issues because of heavy rain and sewage problems.

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