Evacuations, road closures across northeast Ohio due to flooding

EASTLAKE, Ohio -- Authorities across northeast Ohio are keeping a close eye on flooding Wednesday night.

The Chagrin River spilled it’s banks around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, prompting evacuations and road closures.  The parking lot of Trader Jacks Riverside Grille immediately started flooding.

Eastlake police rushed to close roads and issue evacuations to several homes on Erie Road. A reverse 911 call was placed for residents living in the area of the river for a flood alert.

"When we were here at noon, it went over six foot. The ice jammed up and built up and water wasn’t flowing so the water went from under the ice and onto the banks," Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley told FOX 8. "It was odd the way the ice just built up just 14 feet high, it was prolly 2-3 foot from the top of the bridge and it’s never like that."

Around 6:30 at night, the Chagrin River started moving and just over an hour later, the water level dropped six feet.

Now, officials say that some flooded banks have begun to recede.

Meanwhile, the Medina County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that they have received several reports of flooding in the county including the area of Abbyville and Muntz roads, as well as Wolff between 252 and Lester.

They advise residents to use caution and drive carefully, especially as temperatures begin to drop.  This could cause roads to be icy in some spots.

And, the Streetsboro Fire Department announced on Facebook that State Route 303 is closed between Jefferson Street and Stone Road at the railroad tracks due to flooding.  They say to not drive on the closed roads or through flood waters, but to use alternative routes.

The National Weather Service says that residents in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action if flooding develops.

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Watch Mayor Morley's full update to FOX 8's Melissa Reid below:

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