NORTHEAST OHIO — Flash flood watches and warnings were issued throughout northeast Ohio Thursday, prompting some cities, such as Rocky River, to issue storm water alerts, reminding residents to stay clear of rivers.
FOX 8 viewers across the area reported flooded streets, highways and rising water levels.
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Officials in Rocky River remind residents, especially Yacht Club basin residents, to prepare a flooding evacuation plan. They say its important to pack for quick and easy removal from your home. Pack essential items such as medicine, phone chargers and important paperwork.
Rocky River Police and Fire Departments also advise that residents who evacuate turn off power before leaving their homes and to try to move items off the floors that may be damaged by flooding.
Meantime, residents are anxiously watching the Rocky River.
“I’ve lived here for 58 years. It’s been over the bulkhead before but it’s never been this high before,” said Martha Kennedy, of Rocky River.
Kennedy lives on Yacht Club Drive in the Yacht Club Basin where the river is creeping onto her back yard.
“It’s discerning because you can’t see the edge of the river. But the ducks and geese love it because they are swimming up to the edge of my back yard,” said Kennedy.
Officials say it’s important to note that flood levels rise quickly. Do not wait to be notified to evacuate. Also, once residents have left the area, it is important not to return home while evacuations proceed.