Creation of the Chippewa Flood Control System began in 1956 and
was completed in 1980 and included the construction of 8 dams
and the improvement of 33 miles of channel. It encompasses 188
square miles (120,320 acres) in northern Wayne and southern Medina
Flood control projects are typically designed to convey significant
amounts of stormwater runoff safely. A well designed project,
like the Chippewa Flood Control System, is capable of doing just
that as shown in the photo above*.
The dam and spillway system hold back floodwaters and release
them gradually to reduce or eliminate downstream flooding and
damage to properties.
*Dam III-A (Hubbard Valley). Stormwater exiting the principal
spillway outlet following a storm