Rain continues to wreak havoc on area landscape

Traffic was stopped for more than three hours in St. Clair Township, after a large tree fell across state Route 170.

According to Calcutta Fire Chief David McCoy, both his and Glenmoor fire departments responded at 3:48 a.m. Wednesday to the area of Fredericktown Christian Church, where a large tree with a 72-inch base had fallen down, taking a power pole with a transformer on the opposite side of the road with it.

“St. Clair Township road crews were also called to the scene when Ohio Department of Transportation was unable to make an appearance in a timely fashion. They did an outstanding job,” McCoy said, adding the house across the street appeared to not have sustained any damage from the incident. “A nearby car had scratches on the hood from the electrical wire coming down on it.”

Crews cleared the scene by 7:30 a.m.

Other communities reported damage throughout southern Columbiana County including areas of East Liverpool, like Minnesota Avenue where drains are overwhelmed by the amount of rain falling. Social media also was a buzz about the possible accumulation in debris from the last big rain, and the need for those drains to be maintained.

Briefly Tuesday evening, state Route 39 just inside the East Liverpool limits was temporarily closed due to a tree covering the road and impeding traffic. Travelers were asked to avoid the area as well as areas near SH Bell in the East End, and Dresden Avenue, where a tree was downed near the BP station, as well as the Kountz Avenue exit near Wellsville.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh extended its flash flood watch for the entire area through Thursday evening, as they continue to track rainfall across the area.

Lisbon Street in the city was down to one lane due to the hillside slipping onto the street below. Officials closed the road several hours as they cleaned up the debris and attempted to remedy the situation. (East Liverpool city Facebook page)