Permanent fix to Factory Road flooding unlikely

High water on Factory Road in Beavercreek. (WDTN Photo)
High water on Factory Road in Beavercreek. (WDTN Photo)

BEAVERCREEK TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – The snow, freezing rain and heavy downpours have triggered new problems for drivers across the Miami valley.

It’s flooding, and Factory Road is one of the areas faced with issues; Tuesday, overnight, the road flood up to 2 feet deep.

But engineers were supposed to have fixed the problem, after years of multiple repairs.

2 NEWS wanted to know what, if anything went wrong.

When asked about the continued flooding, Beavercreek Township Administrator Alex Zaharieff  answered, “First of all, this entire area is in a flood plain so when we have a lot of snow like we had in the last couple of weeks and then the warming temperatures and then rain on top of the melting snow, it’s gonna flood. Now, the work that the township has done to secure working with not only the public, but also private land owners, down here we’ve been able to clean up the creek of all the log jams and any trash and debris.”

Zaharieff  also laid out the statistics.

In 2015, Factory Road has closed twice; last year, it closed 11 times.

The township credits the lowered number of closures to their efforts, though flood hazards are likely for the remainder of the year.

Additionally, Beavercreek Township officials say they;ve reduced the time the road remains closed.

On average, Zaharieff says the road is closed for about an hour and a half.

But what about a permanent fix; is there one?

“Unfortunately, because it is in a flood plain we’re going to be dealing with this,” he explained.

The only permanent fix would be to raise the road above the flood plain, and that would be expensive cost for Beavercreek Township.

Raising the road is not a plan which officials will implement any time soon.

But, the township administrator is working on ways to minimize the flooding and closures.

“We’ve just put this on an annual schedule for the township that we come down here along the roadway, make sure the ditch lines are clear,” Zaharieff  said. “Then, we police the creek every summer to make sure there are no major log jams and if there ware we work with the landowners to get in and remove all the log jams.”

In the meantime, as administrators work on the issue, they urge drivers to take precautions, especially during the flooring.

They advise taking detoured routes and avoiding the flooding at all costs.

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