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Pump station failure cuts water in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN – Sections of Austintown were without water Sunday evening after a pump station went out on Webb Road about 7 p.m.

Within a few hours, crews were able to fix the issue that affected Youngstown water customers in both Austintown and Canfield.

At first, trustees believed there may have been a water break since one of the water tanks in the township was below its normal level, township Trustee Jim Davis told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

Cleveland zoo reports record 1-day attendance

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo says its one-day attendance record was broken thanks to a charitable foundation that provided free admission for visitors.

Zoo officials say more than 35,000 people visited the zoo Saturday. That topped the previous one-day attendance of more than 24,000 set in 2011 by nearly 11,000. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that by noon, all of the zoo’s parking lots were jammed and Cleveland police and Cleveland Metroparks rangers directed traffic on surrounding roads most of the day.

The Cleveland Foundation made the zoo admission-free for the day as a gift to the community in celebration of the charitable foundation’s creation 100 years ago.

The foundation established in 1914 is one of the largest community foundations, with assets of $2 billion and 2013 grants of $89 million.

Study tests 2 Ohio rivers for dam removal effects

COLUMBUS – Researchers are studying two Ohio rivers to learn more about the effects on waterways from removing dams.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that a team of Ohio State University researchers are testing and monitoring sections of the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers in the Columbus area where two dams came down last year.

Dams back up waterways’ natural flow and can adversely affect rivers and their surrounding habitat. But scientists are still trying to determine the effects resulting from their removal.

Staff, wire reports

The chief engineer for the Ohio Water Development Authority that helped fund the study says officials are hoping that the data collected from the project will help them estimate the impact of future dam removal in other parts of the state.

There are more than 4,000 dams in Ohio.