TRAFFIC ALERTS | Roads closed, flooding, safety tips

Severe weather continues to impact Northern Ohio and flooding concerns abound.

BRUNSWICK : There's a water main break at SR 303 and Highland Avenue and SR 303 is now COMPLETELY CLOSED.

ODOT states that Sharon Copley (S.R. 162) in Montville will likely be closed for 2-6 weeks.

Other roads closed include:

  • Brecksville: Vaughn Rd closed at Riverview Rd. Detour is South Boyden to SR-82.
  • Medina: Hwy 152 closed between I-71 and River Styx Rd
  • Medina: State Rd closed between Ledge Rd and Bellus Rd
  • Valley City: Hwy 252 at Boston Rd
  • Medina: Rt-303 between Ridge Rd and State Rd
  • Lorain: Rt-57 between North Ridge Rd and Hwy 2
  • Peninsula: Riverview Rd closed north of Everett Rd (embankment slide)
  • Akron: Sand Run Parkway closed at Sand Run Rd
  • Akron: Shaw Rd closed west of Granger Rd
  • Portage: Rt-422 closed at Nelson Ledge Rd
  • Strongsville: Valley Parkway closed between Edgerton Rd and after Royalton Rd
  • Akron: Cuyahoga Street between Uhler Avenue and Sackett Avenue
  • Akron: Bath Road from Akron-Peninsula Road to Northampton Road

Significant weather is continuing to make its way through Northern Ohio and residents should be ready for additional storms forecasted by the National Weather Services.

For those communities that were impacted Monday night, they will have continued rainfall today and into this evening, slowing recovery efforts made yesterday.

During this time, flooding is possible and it is important to be prepared and take the necessary safety precautions:

Safety Tips During a Flood:

  • Never drive through moving water or standing water. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and safely move to higher ground.
  • Avoid walking through moving water. As little as 6 inches of moving water can cause injury. If you have to walk in water, whenever possible walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Notify the utilities company if you notice downed power lines.

Safety Tips During Flood Evacuation:

If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. If possible, move essential items to an upper floor.

Safety Tips After a Flood:

  • Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

The American Red Cross, a critical partner during disasters, is also standing by with pre-identified shelters, should they be needed. Residents should heed warnings given by local and state officials of flash flooding and high wind.

They should also stay tuned to their NOAA weather radio and local news meteorologists who report up-to-the-minute information on the weather conditions and the severe storms this pattern may bring.

Residents with flooding damage should also contact their local city government, so the information can be captured during damage assessments.


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