Warm-up Woes: Some Preparing for Snow Melt Fallout

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EASTLAKE, Ohio – As temperatures warm up during the week, the mountains of snow that have been plowed up along roads across Northeast Ohio will melt.

Add to that rain that is in the forecast and a tremendous amount of runoff could be rushing into Lake Erie tributaries including the Chagrin River.

Although there are no flood watches or warnings posted for the river as of Tuesday evening, people who are familiar with it are starting to keep a careful watch over what is happening to the south.

John Gruenberg of Eastlake said problems usually happen within 48 hours after things start thawing downstream.

He has already moved things to higher ground in his boating business along the river.

“Everything that is at ground level in the building has been raised up; generators, air compressors equipment, tools, have all been liftet up. We don’t know how high it may go,” said Gruenberg.

His efforts are more out of a sense of preparedness than concern.

At nearby Trader Jack’s, restaurant owner, Walt Callam, is also well aquainted with what the river has done in the past and is taking a more optimistic approach, hoping the weather will warm up enough to keep the river moving swiftly out into the lake.

“It tends to raise and you get a little nervous but you know you are dealing with mother nature. You can’t control it; I have learned. We have been here nine years and I have learned to just try to control what I can inside my four walls here,” said Callam.

“It seems like we go through this a couple of times every year and we have had a couple of bad years where we have had to shut down for a couple of hours or whatever it may be but I really don’t anticipate that happening,” added Callam, concluding, “I think after a couple of months ago when we went through the same thing, it seems like the level of the river is way down.”

Read more on this latest round of winter weather HERE, along with past winter storms.