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Newton Falls sewer system proved insufficient during heavy rainfall

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NEWTON FALLS, Ohio - With the recent heavy rainfall, the runoff of water was more than the city's sewer system could handle. Now residents are trying to repair what has been damaged.

The heavy rain quickly turned low lying areas and streets into rivers and ponds.

"Yesterday was a torrential rain. We received 4.5 inches within once hour from the start of the rain. We received an additional .4 inches in the next hour," says Newton Falls City Manager Jack Haney. "I don't know any system that is capable of handling that much rain in that short of a time period."

Some of the worst flooding was along Ravenna Road, and one of the homeowners facing the biggest clean-up is Newton Falls city councilman Phillip Beer.

"In my yard at the side yard where the culvert is, it was probably at lease five feet deep," Beer says. "My whole basement was full of water, all the way up to the second step down from the kitchen."

Beer was in the process of fixing a basement fall that caved in during flooding from the last big rain two weeks ago.

City council is once again considering a storm water utility fee which would be used exclusively for water related projects.

"The would be a revenue source and if that was put in place it would be designated to just those projects," says Haney.

Beer says the fee would allow for more projects to separate storm water and waste water.

"These torrential rains have been so bad, the whole system failed," says Beer.

 

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