June 25, 2016


Streets, basements flooded, power lines downed in storm

A "high water" sign deters drivers on West Smith Road in Medina near the entrance to the Medina County Fairgrounds during Wednesday afternoon's storm. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Powerful thunderstorms packing high winds and torrential rains ripped across southern Medina County on Wednesday afternoon, downing power lines and trees and overflowing storm sewers, causing widespread road and basement flooding.

In Montville Township, the Medina Fire Department rescued two residents from homes in the 5400 block of River Styx Road, said Montville Police Chief Terry Grice.

Grice said River Styx Road at Ridgewood Road was closed Wednesday evening with homes flooded. Tower and Paradise roads also were closed, he said.

In neighboring Guilford Township, downed trees damaged homes along Styx Hill Road.

Sharon Township also saw severe road flooding, according to a Medina County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.

“It’s a mess here,” Sharon Township Trustee Raymond Lurtz said.

State Route 94 south of the Sharon Center circle was closed for the afternoon because Wolf Creek came over its banks.

Flood waters sweep across Seville Road at Leroy Road in Westfield Township on Wednesday evening. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Water was reported along State Road, with flooding reported at Burdett Road and state Route 162. Flooding also was reported at Ridgewood and Boneta roads.

“We got a lot of water problems here,” he said.

In the city of Medina, several roads were flooded as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, including portions of West Smith Road.

Medina police received reports of vehicles stalled and urged residents not to drive through high water. They blocked off West Smith Road between South Elmwood Avenue and South Court Street because an irrigation ditch collecting water next to the railroad tracks overflowed. The road was reopened at 7 p.m.

Champion Creek overflowed, causing closures at West Smith and River Styx roads.

Callers also reported high water on Sturbridge Drive and Ryan Road and on North Court Street, according to police.

Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli said the city’s municipal court basement was flooded, and he received reports of residential basement flooding on Forest Meadows Drive, South Court and Huntington streets.

A Wadsworth police dispatcher said Seville Road was barricaded near the Pepsi plant for flooding, and flooding in basements was reported throughout the city. There were downed power lines on West Street, and some flooding on Broad Street, she said.

Medina Police blocked off West Smith Road between South Elmwood Avenue and South Court Street in Medina because of flooding during Wednesday afternoon's storm. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Police in Lodi reported streets flooded but passable.

“The river that is running down Medina Street has caused a few areas along the curb to be washed away,” police said on the department’s Facebook page. “Be aware of these areas.”

Gary Mortus, area manager for Ohio Edison, said 1,300 customers lost power in Medina County on Wednesday due to wind and lightning, with the largest outage in Sharon Township, where 750 customers had their power go out.

In Montville Township, 120 customers lost power; 136 lost power in Wadsworth Township and 100 people lost power in Wadsworth, with other scattered outages throughout the county.

Mortus said the company was working to restore power, and that it should be back on for all Medina County customers today.

Brunswick police did not receive reports of flooding or damage in the city, according to a police dispatcher.

The Ohio Highway Patrol reported no serious accidents along highways.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.