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Bellevue police ask drivers to stay off the roads after flooding stranded cars, trapped drivers

BELLEVUE, Ohio -- The Bellevue Police Department is asking drivers to stay off the roads.

According to police, due to the heavy rains, many streets are flooded.

Cars became stranded and some drivers trapped during the heavy rain and widespread flooding Thursday across Huron, Sandusky and Erie counties.

In Bellevue, one of the hardest hit communities, police had to close multiple streets, because of the rising water which also flooded multiple basements.

Christina Nixon and her husband said the water was literally bubbling up through the floor in their basement to well over a foot inside of their home on N. Sandusky Street.

“I’ve never seen it flooded this bad,” said Nixon.

It looked like a geyser in the middle of N. Sandusky Street where a driver became stuck, and had to be rescued by fire fighters according to neighbors.  The over saturated ground couldn’t handle all of the additional rain and was overwhelming the storm drains and sewers

“Just trouble,” said Bellevue Police Chief Marc Linder, “There’s no where for the water to go.”

Police put up multiple road blocks and Chief Linder advised residents to stay home and warned them not to drive or walk through any flooded areas.

Road closed signs have been posted on specific streets, and officials say those who go around the road closed signs can be cited.

“We had a side street on the east end of town, a manhole cover came off and a car ran in there and got damaged, so cones are up, and road closed signs, If you drive through it we’re gonna site you,” said Chief Linder

Streets were also flooded over in Wakeman, where multiple farms and yards looked like lakes.

One farmer in Townsend Township told FOX 8 they had to move their cows to higher ground because the flood waters rose to about 2 feet.

And, a field on Highway 20 was deep enough for Jacob Peters and his family and friends to go kayaking.  Ironically they had just been working there they day before.

“We were mowing grass here yesterday,” said Peters, “So we decided you can’t beat the rain so you might as well enjoy it.”

Everyone now is just hoping no one was hurt and that perhaps the rain stops long enough to clean up the mud and debris left behind.

Police remind residents not drive unless you have to be out.

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