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Engineer’s Office plans to reduce flooding along Sylvania Twp. creek

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SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Lucas County Engineer's Office has completed a study to help reduce flooding in Sylvania Township along Ten Mile Creek.

The study was conducted last August, and from that study they have created a plan to reduce flooding in the area. Residents that live near the creek say they are terrified of when the snow melts.

They say flooding has been so bad, they actually keep a canoe handy just in case they need to get to the street.

"When it does flood, it comes up to our knees," said Kimberlin Rumler. "Can't get out, can't go to school, can't go to the store. We are pretty much trapped."

Residents say they would like to see the $1.4 million plan the Lucas County Engineer's Office has created be put in action.

"If you go up and down this whole street, everyone on this road would be for it," said Rodney Schmidt. "Anywhere along Ten Mile, it floods from here all the way to Michigan and from here all the way through Sylvania."

The plan calls for the creek to be widened from Prairie Road to half a mile past Centennial. Engineers say they would not have to touch any existing buildings or residences to complete the project. Money for the project would come from capital improvement funds.

For Dawn Metzinger, who built her house in 2000 and install five sump pumps in her basement, the project is worth it.

"We had it flood so high before that people were stranded on the road," she said. "The pond in the back, when it floods, we lose all the fish. They end up flopping down the street."

Engineers say they are in the process of working with township trustees to start the project. Once they get the go-ahead, the earliest they could start construction would be in 2016.

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