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New watershed district proposed to fight flooding
City officials in Barberton, Norton, and Copley are proposing the Wolf Creek Watershed Conservancy District as best plan to prevent flooding

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Safety crews launch a raft in a flooded section of Barberton in July, 2013. Seventeen straight days of rain overwhelmed flood control efforts across the region. A new watershed district would channel funds to enhance flood protection.
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A group of northeast Ohio communities plans to fight persistent flooding by creating a new watershed district in the region.

Barberton Mayor William Judge says his city, along with the towns of Norton and Copley are petitioning a Summit County court to form the Wolf Creek Watershed Conservancy District.

Judge says flooding is becoming more common and more expensive.


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“Barberton is kind of the punch bowl of Summit County, so in the majority of the cases we can deal with the rain that falls on Barberton, but we have four tributaries coming into our city so all that water north and northwest of us flows into Barberton and through Barberton.”

The proposed district would cover 78 square miles of western Summit and eastern Medina counties.

A yearly fee charged to the district’s 41,000 property owners, plus state and federal grants would finance flood prevention efforts.

The new watershed district could take up to two years to start operating.

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