CLEVELAND, Ohio — Instead of relaxing and savoring tasty bites of barbecue on the Labor Day holiday, Northeast Ohioans from all regions had to deal with maneuvering through treacherous waters and road closures from flooding Monday that dumped more than 4 inches of rain in several communities.
Counties across Northeast Ohio were under a flash flood warning most of the day before it finally expired at 6 p.m. Rain was coming down heavy in Cleveland as early as 7 a.m. and did not relent around the region for hours, causing the National Weather Service Cleveland to tell people to “stay home if possible.”
Sounds more like a winter storm message than a bulletin on the unofficial last day of summer.
The downpour flooded lakes, highway underpasses, small creeks and streams, as well as other drainage and low-lying areas.
High water and road closures were observed on many main streets, including Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and the Carter Road Bridge in Cleveland, the Route 18 and I-71 bridge in Medina, North Park Boulevard in Cleveland Heights and Canal Road in Garfield Heights.
Here is video from flooding at the Shaker Lakes dam and bridge at Coventry Road and North Park Boulevard in Cleveland Heights, recorded Monday at 11:30 a.m:
The Akron Police Department closed Route 8 northbound from Perkins Street to East Tallmadge Avenue because of high water. A residential area in Avon flooded, according to photos on social media. The Rocky River was filled with brown, rushing water.
Anyone who wanted to go to Edgewater Beach was advised to avoid contact with water due to a sewage overflow into Lake Erie on Monday morning.
While the storm didn’t cause widespread power outage or tree damage, among the hardest hit spots as of 1:30 p.m. in terms of precipitation were the Jennings area in Cleveland (4.5 inches), North Royalton (4.23), Oakwood (4.17), Brecksville (4.13) and Shaker Heights (4.1), according to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
Flash flooding also occurred in Lorain, Elyria, Willowick, Vermilion, Parma, Lakewood, Euclid, Strongsville, Brunswick, Westlake, North Ridgeville, Solon, Avon Lake, Hudson, Twinsburg and Streetsboro.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport had received 3.98 inches of rain as of 2 p.m., a National Weather Service representative told cleveland.com.
A chance of rain and thunder continue until the 10 p.m. hour, according to the NWS, with more chances for thunder and rain Tuesday from 5 a.m. until the 10 a.m. hour.
Reporters Maura Zurick and Olivia Mitchell contributed to this report.