July 2, 2016

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Medina County roads reopen after superstorm Sandy

Most Medina County roads were back Wednesday to carrying cars rather than channeling the deluge of water brought by superstorm Sandy.

Only portions of two county roads remained closed Wednesday: Chippewa Road between Lake and Ballash roads in Lafayette Township and Bear Swamp Road between state Route 162 and Fixler Road, between Sharon and Montville townships. A half-dozen roads were closed Tuesday.

The most persistent flooding was in the two villages that border Chippewa Lake. Three roads are partially or wholly flooded in Gloria Glens. Village Councilman Tom Cavalier said Beachside Boulevard remained underwater Wednesday and Twilight Trail and Playland Parkway are both closed in some places.

“I think this is as bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said Cavalier, who’s lived in the area since 1996.

He said this sort of flooding is somewhat typical after heavy rainfall.

Chippewa Lake Mayor Joanne Dodaro said flooding on Chippewa Road is common after heavy rain.

“It’s really not too different than normal,” she said. “They’ve got ‘high water’ signs there all the time that they just fold open when they need them.”

Flooding also was reported in Lafayette and Westfield townships.

In addition to the road closings, 17 roads were covered by water, but remained passable on Wednesday. Only three roads were identified as “high water locations” by county Engineer Mike Salay:

• Willow Road between Franchester and Garden Isle roads in Harrisville Township.

• Friendsville Road between Garman Road and the Wayne County line in Westfield Township.

• Kennard Road between Lake and Ballash roads in Lafayette Township.

Contact Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.