City Leaders Brace For Possible Flooding; Some Roads Closed

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EASTLAKE, OH — We’ve all heard the saying, “Rain, rain go away,” but people in Lake County absolutely had that wish Saturday night.

The rainfall has not let up all day.

At the Chagrin River, the waters have gone up to eight feet, and that fact is making Eastlake residents uneasy because unfortunately, flooding is nothing new.

“Very stressful, we lost a lot of stuff,” said Jennifer Quinn, who lives in Lake County.

Quinn and her husband Mike remember the damage and the devastation of losing memories to flood waters back in July. They are hoping the Chagrin River stays low Saturday night.

“You always have that fear once it happens to you a couple of times,” she said.

“I think it’s going to be a long night. We’re just going to have to keep an eye on it,” said Chief Ted Whittington of the Eastlake Fire Dept.

Eastlake authorities watched the waters of the Chagrin rise on Saturday and have plans in place to deal with potential flooding.

“We’ve been doing three hour briefings with our directors and our council,” Chief Whittington added. “Right now, it’s just one of those things Mother Nature tells us what to do and we just kind of react to it.

The Chief tells Fox 8 it is important to be proactive. It you are concerned about flooding, keep those valuables out of the basement just in case the worst happens.

“Unfortunately, the people in this community and us have dealt with this so many times, we have an idea of what we need to do, so we’re just monitoring the situation at this point,” the Chief said.

Still, others are optimistic they will be fine.

“It’s high, but we have seen it this high before and not do any damage,” said Dale Thompson, of Willoughby.

If the river crests at ten feet, most likely a reverse 911 call will go out to residents in Eastlake to let them know about the situation.

Also, the city of Eastlake has a mobile sump pump which is meant to help people who have flooding, but the tool is on stand by and so far, the city has not had to use it.

Officials in Lorain County also say flooding is affecting some areas, specifically Smith Road and Jones Road east of S.R. 58 and Foster Road and Indian Hollow.

The City of Lorain released the following road closures:

  • W. 41st Street from Ashland to Edgewood
  • W. 40th Street from Ashland to Edgewood
  • W. 39th Street from Ashland to Edgewood
  • Ashland from Tower to W. 42nd Street
  • Longbrook from Tower to W. 42nd Street

Other counties have not reported significant flooding.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says it is prepared in the event of severe flooding, however, crews have not been dispatched for any significant problems.

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