As Brunswick city police officers darted all over the city Monday night rescuing trapped motorists and closing water-covered roadways, the basement at the Brunswick police station was flooded with about 20 inches of water.
On Tuesday, fans were running to try to air out slick muddy floors from where water rushed inside the first floor when it had nowhere else to go.
“There was about three feet of standing water on Center Road in front of the station, so we knew it would get to our doorstep,” police spokesman Nick Solar said.
Ammunition, the city’s weight room, and a records room underneath City Hall all were affected by the flash floodwaters that came in with a storm Monday night.
Interim City Manager Carl DeForest said he estimates the damage is between $25,000 and $30,000, but said the city is still assessing the damage.
Solar said no one was seriously injured, but police and fire crews rescued people trapped in vehicles in rushing water late into Monday night.
Officials are working to possibly get a state of emergency declared that could allow them to get money for cleanup work.
In Brunswick’s Ward 2, Councilman Vince Carl said he and other neighbors worked together to clear clogged catch basins that resulted in waist-high water along Van Buren, Tyler and Eisenhower drives off South Carpenter Road.
“I spent the evening with my neighbors, which was nice, but I don’t like to have to see them in situations like this,” Carl said.
He said the rushing water pushed leaves and branches into culverts, making them slow to drain, and the fast-falling rain began to accumulate along city streets. He said council members around the city came outside to pitch in with rescue and clean-up efforts in their neighborhoods.
Carl said his basement, like many in the city, was flooded.
“I know it doesn’t seem like it now, if you’re cleaning out your basement, but we were really lucky as a community. There were no major accidents or injuries,” he said. “We just had to roll up our sleeves and deal with it.”
According to the National Weather Service, 4 inches of rain fell in the Brunswick area in a matter of hours. Other parts of the county saw between a half-inch and 2 inches of rain.
In Hinckley Township, floodwaters caused at least $25,000 in damage to the basement at the Police Department and the Fire Department also sustained some flooding damage.
Swollen waterways moved fast during the evening hours, tearing down trees and washing out roadways and walkways.
At the Hinckley Reservation, floodwaters poured over the dam at Hinckley Lake. Picnic tables 20 to 30 feet from the banks of the Rocky River’s east branch were covered with sticks and debris Tuesday morning. A high water mark along the grass showed most of the lower park along Bellus Road was under water after the heavy rains.
Crews worked to clear pedestrian walkways around the park Tuesday morning as parkgoers milled about to see the receding floodwaters pour over the dam.
Thunderstorms remain in the forecast today and Thursday, and a chance of showers is forecast for Friday and Saturday.