Weather blog: Northeast Ohio flooding

9:00 AM, Jul 19, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- An overnight storm dumped a lot of rain on a very dry Northeast Ohio, leaving several roads and low-lying areas flooded this morning.

3:23 p.m. Sections of Riverview and Akron Peninsula roads closed due to flooding, according to officials in Cuyahoga Falls. 

9:59 a.m. -- North Royalton Police say Ridge Road is closed between Cady and Boston. W. 130th is closed between Route 82 and Boston.  Also reports of numerous basements flooded in North Royalton and Broadview Heights.

9:55 a.m. -- Spokesperson says flooding creating issues at Akron-Canton Airport.  Commercial flights delayed due to issues for the next few hours.  Passengers should check with their airlines.

9:46 a.m.- I-90 westbound at Prospect is now open.

9:02 a.m.-  The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District posted public advisories at Edgewater Beach, Villa Angela Beach and Euclid Beach warning of raw sewage overflow at the beaches.

9:01 a.m. -- ODOT reports the right lane of I-90 westbound at Prospect Avenue is still closed due to high water.

9:00 a.m. -- ODOT reports SR 241 by Strausser Road is closed.  The detour is SR 241 to SR 687 to I-77.

8:59 a.m. -- Barberton police report the following roads closed:  Barber Road just south of I-76; Thirty-First Street in the South Avenue area where a creek has flooded; Robinson Avenue near State Street; and Hudson Run Road by Fairland Road.


6:45 a.m. -- Three lanes of I-480 eastbound at SR 176 is now back open. Only the far right lane remains closed.

Also, that right lane of I-90 westbound at Prospect Avenue is still closed.

6:30 a.m. -- The intersection of Brookpark Road and Tiedeman is back open, but the eastbound lanes of Brookpark between Tiedeman and the Metroparks is still closed. The water is simply too high.

A correction to pass along: ODOT says they actually reopened the right two lanes of I-480 eastbound at SR 176. The left two lanes are the ones that are closed.

6:15 a.m. -- While flooding persists around the area, things are beginning to dry off as the rain leaves the area.

Check out the flood video from W. 117th near Madison from earlier tonight. Word is that the road is still flooded, so steer clear of that area on your morning commute. W. 117th Street is closed from Madison to Berea roads.

6:00 a.m. -- ODOT says crews have reopened the right two lanes of I-480 eastbound at SR 176. The left two lanes remain closed.

RTA says all lines -- with the exception of the airport tunnel -- is running on time or very close to it. If you don't want to navigate the flooded roads yourself, taking a bus or rapid line is a great alternative.

About 4,000 customers in Stark County without power this morning. About another 2,000 without power in Summit, Medina and Cuyahoga counties.

5:45 a.m. -- North Olmsted police says Great Northern Blvd. northbound lanes are closed at Country Club Blvd. Southbound lanes remain open. North Olmsted also says the Brookpark Extension at Dover Center is closed from high water.

5:30 a.m. -- ODOT reports that the right lane of I-90 westbound at Prospect Avenue is also closed due to high water.

More basement flood reports streaming in -- this time in Kenmore. One resident reports as much as 3 feet of water in their basement.

5:15 a.m. -- I-480 eastbound is closed at SR 176/Jennings Freeway due to high water. The detour is to take SR 176 northbound to Spring Road to SR 176 southbound to access I-480 eastbound. Darrielle and Shane are headed out that way to bring us the latest.

A caller in Barberton says they have several inches of water in their basement and heavily flooded roads.

5:00 a.m. -- Flood advisories expanded. Check the red banner at the top of for breaking weather alerts.

Emergency crews are being forced to take detours to get to their calls. A lot of this happening where crews would normally take Brookpark Road.

A viewer called in reporting widespread flooding issues in North Royalton. Flooding in basements has been a frequent issue already.

We're also hearing reports of homes hit by lightning overnight. There was one in Painesville that caught fire and was heavily damaged. Another report in Garfield Heights of a lightning strike in a backyard. There is an unconfirmed report of a lightning striking a house in North Royalton.

4:45 a.m. -- Amanda Barren and Darrielle Snipes are heading out across the Greater Cleveland Area to keep us updated on the latest details of where to avoid on your morning drive live on Channel 3 News Today.

4:30 a.m. -- WKYC Photojournalist Shane Snider reports high water on I-90 on the near west side of Cleveland, slowing and even stopping traffic at some points. Be very careful on your morning commute.

4:15 a.m. -- The Route 237/Berea Freeway/Rocky River Road ramp at Brookpark Road is closed due to flooding. WKYC Photojournalist Derek LaBeaud reports city workers are on scene, trying to remove water and clear drains to reopen the road as quickly as possible. This is a highly-traveled route to the airport.

4:00 a.m. -- Brookpark Road is flooded at various spots. Brookpark Road near the Walmart adjacent to the Big Creek Parkway on the Brook Park/Cleveland Border is seeing significant flooding.

3:30 a.m. -- Brookpark Road at Tiedeman is closed due to flooding.

3:15 a.m. -- In Cleveland, the W. 150th train bridge underpass near I-480 is flooded. WKYC crews on scene say traffic is passing through with caution, but police will likely have to close this soon.

3:00 a.m. -- York and Pleasant Valley in Parma has high water; another area to avoid.

2:45 a.m. -- W. 117th is closed from Madison to Berea on the Lakewood/Cleveland border area, under the bridge by Berea Road. Two cars are reported submerged in high water. Cleveland and Lakewood PD on the scene of this one.


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