Severe storms and heavy rain May 28 brought flooding to the Mahoning Valley, closing roads and driving some residents out of their homes, with some being rescued by firefighters in trucks and boats. With 4 to 5 inches of rain falling in a handful of hours, water rose quickly throughout the area, leaving many residents, businesses and schools with the work of baling out and cleaning up.
With Boardman and Canfield appearing to be hardest hit, the ServiceMaster team is among those helping with drying and restoration in apartments, condos and schools. At Canfield Village Middle School, three to four inches of water had to be removed from the building, followed by drying and disinfection to combat the threat of mold.
The Youngstown area was hit with flooding last August, but residents and officials are saying this storm seemed to be worse. A three-foot diameter drainpipe designed to carry runoff away from Route 224 was flowing at full force following the storm, apparently unable to keep up with the deluge.
The same line of storms passed through the Dayton area late on May 27 spawning powerful tornados that devastated neighborhoods and killed one in Celina. EF3 tornadoes were confirmed in Celina, Beavercreek and West Milton, Ohio, all near Dayton. Dayton residents were conserving water due to power outages and clean up is continuing across the area.
ServiceMaster reminds all Ohio residents that thorough drying out and disinfection is crucial when cleaning up from flooding. Our team of professionals is always available to help with restoration during this spring and summer storm season.