Improvements help ease flooding in Greene County

BEAVERCREEK TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Many roads across the Miami Valley are clear, but the heavy rain and melting snow are leading to high water in other parts of the Miami Valley.

In Greene County, flooding caused some road closures just off of US Route 35.

Factory Road in Beavercreek Township was shut down just after midnight due to high water.

The busy road is located in a flood plain.

Some improvements have been made over the past few years to ease the flooding in the area, such as cleaning out a nearby creek which lowered the water level and eliminated some back ups.

As a result, Township Road Superintendent Tim Parks says flooding isn’t as frequent or as bad as it used to be, but  the sediment downstream is still causing problems.

He says it’s still a work in progress.

“We have a plan in place now, once the weather breaks and we get the equipment, to come in and take that sediment out and actually get it back to the level it was probably ten years ago which will allow, hopefully, even a lot less occurrence than we have,” explains Parks.

Factory Road reopened around 3:00 p.m. Friday.

Parks says if those previous improvements hadn’t been made, it would’ve been closed a lot longer.

He says the only way to permanently fix the flooding problem would be to raise the road above the flood plain which would cost a lot of money.

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