COPLEY TWP.: Rainwater from a fierce early morning storm last summer overwhelmed a culvert underneath Janwood Drive. Floodwater covered the street, rushed into one house and cut off two others to an extent they could be reached only by boat.
Residents there now must decide if they want to pick up the tab to fix the problem.
“It’s something we cannot do without assessing them,” township Trustee Helen Humphrys said at a Wednesday board of trustees meeting. “It’s going to be costly.”
The remedy for last July’s problem on the ground in northwest Copley — water flow that exceeded a 100-year storm — can be fixed, according to a Summit County engineer’s study. The solution: replace the culvert with a one with larger flow capacity.
A final cost has not been determined.
“The culvert under Janwood is pretty old,” Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker said.
He added that the culvert also is undersized, like many culverts in Summit County that were built to serve the needs of a much smaller population.
The Janwood Drive remedy is a rectangular replacement for the older circular culvert whose diameter Brubaker estimated at 4 to 5 feet. The new 3-foot by 11-foot culvert’s capacity “would be about double,” he said.
The study, requested by township trustees, found that the flooded home was “lower than it should have been.”
Since then, Brubaker said, “The property owners have done some work to make it more secure from flooding.”
Humphrys said the owners have spent $18,000 to correct the problem.
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