I live close to Eagle Creek River and I always think of people who live by the river in the rainy times.
These people are always threatened when there is a stretch of rain as we have had just recently. They have their pumps running and are doing everything they can to stop the water from rising, but there's nothing you can do to stop the water.
My friends have had 3 to 4 feet of water in their basements. How would you like to see your clothes dryer floating in the basement full of water?
My thoughts on this subject are very simple, at least in one respect. Why not employ people who are on unemployment or relief of some sort and give them the job of cleaning out these rivers?
You drive in Newton Falls past where the old bumper plant was and look across the street at the Mahoning River and it is amazing how much trash and dead trees and docks and whatever are in the water just through that stretch alone.
Follow the river through Braceville and down Eagle Creek Road and Nelson Mosier Road and on to the joining of Eagle Creek and Mahoning rivers on the way to Leavittsburg.
These rivers are a mess. Clean them out and make more room for the water.
I know this requires machinery and money and manpower and money and engineering and money - and on and on.
Well, what about the people who get flooded? They have to replace carpets and that takes - money; replace appliances - money; replace personal items - money, and on and on.
Stop paying people to sit at home and do nothing, and give them something to make them feel productive. Put them to work on these rivers.
When the water is down, much of it can be done just by walking the river and hooking chains to the trees and pulling them out with the machines that would be used. Let's get them cleaned up. If nothing else, it will beautify the area, and isn't that what we want in Trumbull County?
Shirley J. Weir