Ohio sees more flooding

This summer has brought a succession of rainstorms through Ohio.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | BALTIMORE | July 29, 2003


This summer has brought a seemingly never-ending succession of rainstorms through Ohio, and Sunday was no exception to the rule. About four inches of rain fell on Canton Sunday, causing the evacuation of more than 400 people by Monday afternoon.

Local Salvation Army crews were providing meals for evacuees, said volunteer JoAnn Shade, who said by Tuesday afternoon most people were back in their homes.

The American Red Cross set up three shelters in Stark County, the Ohio county that received most of the weekend rain.

The town of Louisville, which experienced flooding last week, was also flooded again Monday.

The rainfall began last Wednesday and continued almost unabated in a six-county area, said Walter Duzzny, directors of the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency.

"We've had three to five inches of rain every day except Saturday," he said. Flood damage has been reported in all six counties - Stark, Mahoning, Portage, Summit, Trumbull, and Cuyahoga.

In Mahoning County, more than 1,000 people have called the county flood hotline, and a nursing home in the town of Liberty, a northern suburb of Youngstown, was evacuated Sunday. Liberty was also struck by a tornado on July 21.


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