Water recedes in Leavittsburg, people start to return

Water recedes in Leavittsburg, people start to return


With the water level dropping about four feet between its peak at 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. this morning, some residents of the Meadowbrook neighborhood near the Mahoning River had returned to their homes.

One of their most pressing concerns — getting the power and natural gas turned back on — was being addressed by Ohio Edison.

Kenneth Schick, Warren Township fire chief, said Ohio Edison was hoping to start restoring power by around noon.

Sixty-three people in 28 homes were evacuated at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, though people in another 14 homes refused to leave, Schich said.

The rain-swollen river crested at about 16 feet, 2 inches at around 9 p.m., Schick said, based on measurements at the West Market Street Bridge. It had dropped to about 14 feet by 4 a.m. and had dropped to 12.26 feet at 10:30 a.m.

Carole LeMasters of Meadowbrook Drive, who was taken from her home by firefighters in canoes at 2:30 p.m., said this is the worst flooding at her home in at least 10 years, though she has no plans to move.

“This is my home. It’s paid for, and I’m not leaving. It may not be much, but it’s mine.”

The water filled most of her basement and reached the top of the top step of her front porch.

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