An Ohio Department of Transportation map of the state Routes 57/252 roundabout in York Township. The area has experienced severe flooding, according to residents. BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE
YORK TWP. — To illustrate how bad the flooding is on her property, Kim Cecelich said, “We have ducks floating in our backyard.”
She is one of three residents on Columbia Road who have been impacted by flooding since the state Routes 57/252 roundabout was built about two years ago by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Ever since it was constructed, water started collecting in their backyards.
“Ours looks like a big, sloppy mess,” Mary Mullins said.
Mullins and her husband, Dana, have discussed selling their property at 3297 Columbia Road (Route 252).
They are afraid they won’t be able to sell it because of the flooding in their backyard.
Kim and Mitch Cecelich indicated they have so much water in their backyard at 3279 Columbia Road, they could have matching kayaks.
On the property of Wren and Tim Roskey, 3309 Columbia Road, ODOT built a retention pond in their backyard, hoping to collect excess water. Tim Roskey said all it does is overflow and flood the neighboring yards.
The couples were among about 25 people who attended an ODOT meeting Wednesday at York Township Hall to discuss flooding issues.
Rob Shenal, consultant and services manager for ODOT District 3, said the agency has started a drainage study of the area impacted by the roundabout. That study should be completed in December.
He said there are three potential options to relieve water problems in the area:
- construct an underground detention basin on the northwest corner of the intersection, which would reduce the water to the three properties;
- pipe the water down Spieth Road to Mallet Creek;
- combine the first two options.
District 3 Director Howard Huebner said it could take until 2019 before ODOT is able to move on the project.
“If there’s anything we can do to help, we’ll do it,” Huebner said. “If we can do it sooner than 2019, we’ll do it. It will all come down to funding. We are competing with 88 counties (for funding).”
A news release said no final decision has been made for the study. ODOT still is gathering input and finalizing the score for the study.
“The goal is to stop the flooding at the source,” Huebner said.
Roskey said he’s not thrilled it will take two years to fix the problem. He said nothing seemed to happen until he contacted Medina County Engineer Andy Conrad recently.
“That got things moving,” he said.
York Township trustees Rick Monroe and Bill Pavlick attended the meeting.
“There are a lot of frustrated people here,” Monroe said. “They have a right to be.”
Pavlick said the roundabout alleviated all the bad accidents at that intersection.
“We’ve not had one bad crash,” he said.
“It was an extremely dangerous intersection.”
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