With additional rain and melting snow, flooding in various areas of the county left some roads closed Monday evening.
"Last night, I was with my daughter, and we tried three or four different roads to get back," said Diana Rowland.
Rowland, 45, who lives in the 3300 block of Eagle Creek Road in Leavittsburg, said about five houses up from her home is where the flooding had the most impact and made the road impassable.
About half of the month's already 3 inches of precipitation fell Saturday and Sunday. This added to the lingering accumulation of snow that melted in Sunday's record-breaking temperatures.
Rowland said it is not the worst flooding her neighborhood has dealt with.
"I've seen them in a boat before," she said of neighbors who were stranded by flooding in the past.
A driver of a vehicle makes a decision to stop and turn around instead of attempting to drive through a flooded Eagle Creek along Barclay Messerly Road in Braceville, on Monday. Photo by R. Michael Semple
Another set of neighbors who own horses had to build a second barn on higher ground, she said, because the horses all ended up waiting on top of a hill during the flooding.
Al and Sandi Morar have lived on Eagle Creek Road for the last 23 years and said they only started dealing with serious flooding in 2003. Even with Eagle Creek, a tributary of the Mahoning River, nearby he said they can normally handle the rain.
"Most of my neighbors can handle the runoff," he said.
Over the weekend, he said, Eagle Creek was about 3feet above flood level.
"It could all be taken care of, if they just got rid of the dam," he said.
Al said the dams on Lake Milton, at West Branch and at Mosquito Creek Reservoir were designed to prevent flooding, but instead are forcing the rivers and its tributaries to overflow. He said it is especially bad when the dam at Mosquito is opened to lower levels to accommodate boaters.
"We don't even know when they open the dams," said Sandi, meaning when the dam at Mosquito is open and causes flooding, they aren't able to prepare and when the dams south of them are released to relieve some flooding, they won't know either.
"Right now I'm high and dry," Al said; the water around their home has been receding.
He was in better luck than a pair of hunters who had to be rescued Saturday evening by the Bazetta Fire Department. According to the fire department's Facebook page, two hunters and their dog became stranded in Bloomfield Township, south of state Route 87 where the Grand River runs.
The men had crossed the river earlier in the day but, with all the rain that occurred, were unable to cross it by 9:30 p.m., which is when they called the Bloomfield Fire Department for help.
Bloomfield contacted several other agencies for help, including the Bazetta Fire Department, which made the rescue by using a hovercraft. No injuries were reported.
A portion of state Route 87 between state Routes 534 and 45 was also closed for a period Monday, but by the evening the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported it was "covered but passable."