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Year in Review: Unprecedented flooding caused last year by July storm

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published: January 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Streetsboro -- A night and day of rain and storms July 10 resulted in the worst flooding in the city's memory, said Mayor Glenn Broska.

"People need to just stay home," he said at the height of the storm. "We've got flooding in places we've never ever seen flooding before. Never."

Some of the roads that were flooded included Route 303, Russell Drive, Luke Drive, portions of Camelot Village and Fronek Road, he said.

Between 3:40 and the end of the storm, which was around 6 p.m., "numerous" vehicles were stuck in flood waters, according Police Chief Roy Mosley III. There were eight documented cases of vehicles being helped, but many more weren't documented, he said. No injuries were reported.

Broska said one vehicle was washed off the road.

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"We just rescued a lady from a car in a road," he said during the storm July 10. "She got caught on Root Drive … she got swept off the road. We've gotten three people out of their cars now who were trapped."

Streetsboro Police Lt. Darin Powers said the department received no reports of damage to homes in Streetsboro.

Although there was flooding in some areas of the city, Broska said, for the most part, the city's storm water control system worked as it's designed to.

"Within a half hour of the rains actually stopping, water had receded in most of the areas that were flooded," he said, which is a testament to the work of the Streetsboro Service Department's work at keeping ditches and culverts clear. "This storm was well beyond the capabilities of anyone's system."

There also were several building alarms set off by high water and some traffic signals out, said Mosley.

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Streetsboro residents described roads like rivers and creeks that overflowed their banks, threatening homes, but the damage was worse, by all accounts, in the Aurora East neighborhood in Shalersville, where 70 of the 250 homes in the development were flooded, according to Portage County Sheriff David Doak and Matt Roosa, assistant fire chief for the Mantua/Shalersville Fire Department.

"The good news is, we've not had any serious injuries reported or any deaths," said Doak after the worst of the storm had passed.

Roosa and Doak said the area was hit by 3.24 inches of rain during the storm, which also spawned a funnel cloud in Geauga County.

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