U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) today announced $390,000 in federal funding would be allocated to helping address heavy flooding along the Tuscarawas River in southwest Summit County. The funding will serve to support floodplain management studies lead by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Tuscarawas River from Canal Fulton to the Portage Lakes area and on Chippewa Creek to provide updated data to support mitigation efforts through the Army Corps, FEMA, and other state and local entities.
“I am proud to share that almost $400,000 in federal funds will be dedicated towards first steps in addressing the heavy flooding issues faced by residents along the Tuscarawas River in southwest Summit County,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “Updating the floodplain data we have for the area is a critical first step to enabling successful mitigation efforts. I look forward to continuing to work alongside Governor DeWine, Mayor Judge, and the local task force to address the flooding and keep our citizens safe.”
"This will help to ensure that we are able to meet our highest priority of life safety and the protection of property," said Brian Maka, Public Affairs Officer, Huntington District, U.S Army Corps of Engineers.
"Under the leadership of Congressman Gonzalez and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MWCD is pleased to see this funding and the studies it will support towards flood mitigation in the Upper Tuscarawas River Basin. MWCD's Chippewa Subdistrict, located along Chippewa Creek and its tributaries in Medina and Wayne Counties, has provided flood mitigation benefits to this region since the 1970's. We look forward to bringing nationally renowned resources and funding to develop a long sought strategy to reduce flooding in the Upper Tuscarawas River," said Craig W. Butler, Executive Director of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).
Communities in Southwest Summit County experienced heavy flooding along the Tuscarawas River in spring 2019 due to a rain microburst. In response, Congressman Gonzalez has worked alongside Governor Mike DeWine, State Rep. Bill Roemer, Barberton Mayor Bill Judge, and others to find long term solutions to flooding in the Upper Tuscarawas watershed, beginning with Gov. DeWine’s visit to Barberton last July and the creation of a local task force of elected officials and stakeholders dedicated to solving the issue. The federal funds provided for the Army Corps studies do not require any local matching of funds.