Steady rain floods area roads and basements; flood watch remains for Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina counties until Wednesday night
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Steady rain floods area roads and basements; flood watch remains for Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina counties until Wednesday night

This article has been reposted from cleveland.com.  original article can be found here.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Heavy rains created some traffic detours Monday evening and probably some angry homeowners as basements flooded.

The Ohio Department of Transportation closed the left lane of Interstate 90 westbound from East 152nd Street to East 141st Street in Cleveland at 8 p.m. Monday due to flooding.

Earlier, a quarter-mile stretch of the righthand lane of I-90 westbound to the Hilliard Boulevard exit in Rocky River was closed because of high water. It reopened at 8:15 p.m. after a two-hour shutdown.

The Cleveland Metroparks closed sections of the Rocky River Reservation and Millstream Reservation because of flooding by the Rocky River.

A Cleveland Metroparks ranger said the Eastland ford in Strongsville and Millstream ford south of Bagley Road in Berea were closed. A stretch in the Rocky River Reservation between Wooster Road and Puritas Hill was also closed as a precaution.

Police in Elyria and Vermilion said several roads were flooded, but not severely enough to cause any roads to be closed.

“Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina counties will remain under a flood watch until Wednesday night,” said Jim Kosarik, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “The western part of the state has been hit harder than the east.”

Kosarik said 2 inches of rain fell on Lorain County, while Cleveland Hopkins Airport got 1.7 inches, Burke Lakefront Airport 1.2 inches and Lake and Geauga counties each got about 1 inch.

Hugh Shannon of the Cuyahoga County Emergency Management Agency said basement flooding has been a problem in some areas – particularly when sewers start to back up.

Lt. Douglas Drake of the Eastlake Fire Department said water depth at the Chagrin River was approaching 5 feet Monday night – 2 feet below its flood level. Some homeowners reported storm sewer backups.

Water in a ravine along Forest Hills Boulevard in East Cleveland had crested, causing water to cross lanes, but police said the road was not closed because safe passage was still possible.

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