October 25, 2014

Medina
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Widespread flooding causes extensive damage across area

Officials are still assessing the flood damage caused by rain, melting snow and rising waterways Monday.

About an inch of rain, warmer temperatures and melting snow were a recipe for disaster for roads, homes and businesses in Medina County, Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli said.

The basement at Medina Municipal Court flooded Monday. Initial estimates put the damage at approximately $15,000, court Administrator Lori Henry said. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LISA HLAVINKA)

The basement at Medina Municipal Court flooded Monday. Initial estimates put the damage at approximately $15,000, court Administrator Lori Henry said. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LISA HLAVINKA)

“We had heavy downpour coupled with warm weather and it made for a bad recipe,” he said.

Piccoli said overflowing creeks, lakes and drainage reservoirs caused flooding in streets, homes and city buildings.

The first complaint of the day came at about 6:30 a.m. from Medina Municipal Court, where parts of the basement were flooded with more than an inch of water.

The probation office, maintenance and IT departments are located in the basement at 135 N. Elmwood Ave. Information systems manager Rich Armstrong said six computers worth about $1,300 each would need to be replaced because they sustained water damage.

Court Administrator Lori Henry said an early damage estimate was about $15,000.

Workers from the fire and water restoration company ServPro arrived at 10:30 a.m. to clean up the mess. A ServPro spokeswoman said the company was “swamped” with calls on Monday, many of them from commercial businesses.

Medina received at least 30 calls from residents reporting flooding in their homes that ranged from a few inches to a few feet, Piccoli said.

Minor power outages caused some homeowners’ submersible pumps to fail and storm water to back up into their homes in Brunswick, Service Director Sam Scaffidi said.

“The power went out and came back on, but the sump pumps didn’t,” he said.

Several major roads were closed throughout the day.

In Medina, East Smith Road from the Medina city limits to River Styx Road in Montville Township was closed, as was Ryan Road south of U.S. Route 42.

In Wadsworth, Seville Road west of state Route 57 was closed, along with East Bergey Street near Silvercrest Road.

“It’s just a matter of the water subsiding and taking care of business on its own,” Wadsworth police Lt. Rob Wyrick said.

Brunswick reported no road closings.

The Ohio Department of Transportation reported Route 42 between Fenn and Remsen roads in Medina Township was closed, and state Route 252 a half-mile north of state Route 303 in Liverpool Township also was closed.

While power outages were not prevalent in Medina County, 1,867 customers were without power part of the day in Rittman, FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said.

At about 10:45 a.m., a tree fell into a pole in the 200 block of East Ohio Avenue in Rittman and took down two spans of wire, he said. Because they were primary lines, he said customers had to wait for them to be fixed before power could be restored.

Power was back on by 1:45 p.m., Durbin said.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.