Barberton prepares to take first step in combating flooding.


BARBERTON -- The city of Barberton is breaking ground on a new retention pond this morning, hoping to battle against future flooding.

The community has dealt with numerous floods, costing residents thousands in repairs and destroying countless family mementos.

The most recent flood hit in July, forcing some into boats and canoes just to navigate through the streets.

Mayor Bill Judge and the city are planning on building several retention ponds, breakaway walls, and pumps to combat the problem.

The first solution comes in the form of a retention pond on the corner of Stanley and George.