Cleanup continues in Eastlake after ‘once in a generation’ flooding

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EASTLAKE, Ohio -- One day after Lake Erie waves spilled into an Eastlake neighborhood people are still cleaning up.

"This was real freaky," said Pamela Grinstead, surveying her flooded street. "It just amazes me what Mother Nature can do and she was pretty angry out there."

Saturday morning Eastlake's mayor, along with half a dozen other city crews, was back in the neighborhood talking to Grinstead and other homeowners in addition to fixing a sump pump clogged with gravel and debris during the flood.

"One of our guys actually got knocked over from one of the waves putting a hose down at the other end of the street," said Mayor Dennis Morley. "So the waves - you can see how high we are - you can see we're about 10, 15, 20 feet up at least from the lake the waves were just that big."

High winds pushed large waves over the banks near River Drive and Galalina Boulevard flooding several streets and yards. A rare sight for people who live in the community.

"It was all the way up to my garage level all through this area and all around my whole entire house was underwater," said Paul Vibbert working with his son to sweep up debris left by floodwaters. "My shed had a few inches of water in it."

The mayor tells Fox 8 prior to the bizarre flood he was already planning about a million dollars worth of upgrades to the area's storm sewer system to prevent future flooding.
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