From Quiet Street to Raging River: Flooding ‘Hit Fast’

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio–A major clean-up effort remains under way in Summit County after torrential rains prompted flash flooding Monday night.

Amateur video posted to YouTube showed a waterfall cascading down the steps inside city hall in Cuyahoga Falls. The building was closed to the public on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, many residents struggled to clean what they could of their flood-damaged homes.

In a matter of minutes Monday night, neighbors said Victor Avenue went from a quiet street to a raging river, taking everything from garbage cans to parked cars with it.

Less than 24 hours later, the water had receded, but the aftermath wasn’t pretty.

“I’m trying to be thankful but then you’ll see something special that got ruined and you just start crying,” said Jessica Crookston.

She spent most of Tuesday ripping up carpet and running industrial fans throughout the first floor of her home.

“I couldn’t be upset because I was just so shocked. I just felt like it was a dream. There’s a lake in your house, and then you start seeing shoes floating by,” she said. “We’re at the bottom of the hill on this street, right by the sewers that weren’t draining properly, so we got the brunt of it.”

Across the street, Pat Amberson and her family were in the same boat.

Beading water still clung to the rafters of her basement Tuesday afternoon, where flood waters nearly reached.

“Then it started coming in the doors, and then it started coming in the walls,” Amberson said.“The water was almost to the beams up there.”

Her washer and dryer are now filled with mud. The clothes are destroyed.

After 45 years in her home, she was able to salvage a few photos, but the rest is lost.

And like many in her neighborhood, the raw power of Mother Nature left her near-speechless.

“It was amazing how fast it hit.”

Read more storm damage stories here, including tips to deal with basement flooding.

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