Flooding on Merriman Road caused a City of Akron Highway Maintenance Division backhoe to be stuck in high water for 1 hours Wednesday afternoon.

City crews were using the machine to clear away debris that was blocking a drain just north of Sand Run Parkway when the vehicle slid off the muddy berm of the road into the ditch.

Heavy rains swept debris into the drain, clogging it and flooding the road.

Once freed, the backhoe was taken back to the maintenance division on a flatbed truck.

City officials said the operator was not injured and the backhoe was not damaged.

The drainage culvert was working properly by 3 p.m.

By 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Akron-Canton area had received 1.27 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

At 4.23 inches, this month is now the sixth-wettest February on record.

Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or mmiller@thebeaconjournal.com.