Dozens of flood victims voice concerns at Boardman trustee meeting
It was a packed meeting in Boardman, filled with frustrated homeowners who have dealt with ongoing flooding concerns for decades Monday night.
While township officials explained everything they're doing to combat these issues, dozens of residents continued to beg for assistance as they've lost valuables, thousands of dollars, and their patience in the process.
"I had a foot fountain shooting out of my basement drain into my entire basement," said Yavohne Williamson of Glenwood Ave. "So, there could be foundation issues now."
From flooding hotlines to adding a stormwater retention pond, Township Administrator Jason Loree explained they're continuing their studies, maintenance, and infrastructure replacement to remediate the flooding.
"Seeing these projects happen, it lets everybody know that we're working," Loree told 21 News earlier this year. Township officials spent close to 3 hours listening to the community's concerns and explaining the process of how they're implementing solutions.
"I put a $12,000 waterproofing system in my basement last summer," said Les Wright of Romaine Ave. "Prior to that, I've dug out my basement, I've put new drainage in. I've put in over 300 tons of dirt and gravel alongside my house. This most recent time, I've lost my truck in my driveway."
No one was present from the Mahoning County Sanitary Engineer's Office after Township Trustee Brad Calhoun invited Mahoning County Engineer/ Mahoning County Sanitary Engineer Patrick Ginnetti via email. Ginnetti has been present at previous ABC Stormwater meetings.
Representatives Mike Rulli and Al Cutrona were present at Monday's meeting, listening to concerned residents.
"I've got a backup valve, I've got a new sub pump, I've got a bigger tub, I got pipping up the back that was all done after the last flood last July," explained Nanci Cashbaugh of Nova Ln. "And then it floods again. So, here we are again." Cashbaugh's home has experienced severe flooding 6 times since she's lived there.
The township has 38 projects completed, spending $4.6 million so far and another 38 projects in the works that cost about $10 million.
"Find somebody who can fix it," said Alex Moses of Oakridge Dr. "Whether it's calling the sanitation department, whether it's reaching out to further parts of government."
The township has over $7 million of outside funding to assist with these projects. The administration noted some planning studies are still underway in coordination with the United States Army Corps.