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Residents say clogged ditches cause year-round flooding in Wood Co

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WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The flood waters are gone for now near Perrysburg, but home and business owners along Five Point Road in Middleton Township say the threat still lingers.

The homeowners say they want to know why the clogged ditches in the area haven't been cleared. They say the flooding keeps happening.

Janine Cox had to move many of her animals at Trinity Acres out of her barns because of high water recently, and she blames the ditches.

"The silt has built up over the last 30 years," Cox said. "The fields aren't able to properly drain. There is a lot of brush and debris; there are a lot of trees that have grown."

Homeowners say nothing has been done to fix the year-round problem.

The Wood County engineer says it's a township road, so Middleton Township officials are responsible for the upkeep, but the township's road supervisor says there has to be an agreement between the homeowner and the county to clean up the ditches.

 "We are hesitant about the thaw," Cox said. "I think we're going to have more rain, more flooding, and so with the ditches still not being cleared, we're going to be back to where we started."

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