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Proposal to Address Flooding Could Go Before Voters

Heavy rain has led to flooding in communities around Summit County.
Heavy rain has led to flooding in communities around Summit County.

Summit County is taking a new approach to flood mitigation in the Barberton area. The county is proposing a ballot initiative this year that would ask voters to approve creating a department to oversee flooding county-wide.

Barberton Mayor William Judge said the previous idea had been to focus just on the Wolf Creek watershed, but he now believes a more regional approach would be better.

“We are looking at it as three different communities but, what Fairlawn does could affect Barberton, what Barberton does could affect Canal-Fulton and those south of us. So looking at it from a much larger regional perspective is the direction I believe we’re all going.”

Judge said Barberton is still struggling with the recent flooding. Meanwhile, he and officials from five nearby communities sent a letter to Governor Mike DeWine asking for help in being better prepared for future floods.

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