Car stuck in pond in Vienna Township from floods across Trumbull County

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VIENNA TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Parts of Trumbull County received a lot of rain Thursday afternoon, some parts getting over two inches in just a short period of time. Naturally heavy rain that quickly will cause flash flooding.

On Bentwillow Drive in Niles, Donna Metz sent video showing a rushing stream coming past her house and through the neighborhood.

She says this is what she has been dealing with for over 40 years.

For Carolyn Solakakis of Vienna Township, her yard gets flooded every time there is a heavy rain.

“I pace the floors. I walk around. I go out back taking pictures. I come out front, I’m looking, I am watching the water,” she said.

Solakakis says there used to be a ditch alongside the road. When that was there, she never had a problem, but the flooding started when they filled the ditch with pipes and covered it.

It was supposed to send the water into a field across the street, but that isn’t happening.

“I have called them for many, many years, and I get nothing. All they say is ‘You are in a low spot.’ All the water comes down, but the water shouldn’t be coming onto my property,” she said.

Solakakis isn’t alone. Her neighbors are dealing with the same problem: lots of water in the front yards.

Along Niles-Vienna Road, water overflowed from a pond onto the road. One driver went through the water and then hydroplaned.

The car was completely submerged and not visible. The driver did get out and is OK.

Solakakis says the pond is only about seven feet deep but does flood when there’s heavy rain.

At the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport, the fields along Route 193 had lots of standing water.

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