‘Not a tourist attraction,’ chief says about gawkers of Kinsman disaster

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Extra patrols in the area begin Friday night

KINSMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – People living in the Lakelands neighborhood in Kinsman say they’re frustrated by strangers coming to the area to see what’s left of Kinsman Lake.

That’s why starting Friday night, there will be extra security in the evacuated area of Kinsman that recently sustained massive flood damage.

Neighbors were complaining earlier this week that some people were coming to the area to look at the disaster.

“People come here on four-wheelers and their vehicles and they park in our yards, so with the damage that we already have from the flood, now we have people driving in our yards, and making it muddy,” one neighbor said.

According to the police chief, anyone caught in the area of the Lakelands that is not a resident or a representative of a resident will be arrested.

Kinsman police wrote on their Facebook page: “Disasters are not tourist attractions. Lakeview Drive closure starts at the intersection of Main Street and Lakeview Drive…also the west side of Lakelands on Lakeview Drive is clearly marked road closed. If you are not a resident of someone visiting a resident and are observed by law enforcement driving around the road closed sign, you will be cited for driving on a closed highway.”

In addition, Trumbull County Sheriff’s deputies will make extra patrols as a further deterrent.

Still, some seem to understand how all the destruction could draw onlookers.

“That’s what drives people, you know, the excitement of something different,” said Richard Leonhard.

A meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the Kinsman United Methodist Church, 8362 Main St., for Lakeview and Golf Drive residents affected by the flood. The Trumbull County Health Department will be there to share information about water and well issues as well as flood safety.

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