August 27, 2014

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Flooding from Monday’s storm closes some Medina County roads

Monday’s storm created chaos on the roadways, causing damage that, in some cases, will take time to repair.

At least 11 closed roads throughout Medina County were reported by city and county officials on Tuesday.

In their Kia sport utility vehicle, Yvon and Diane Shaumont brave flooding Tuesday on Chippewa Road because they said they were late for a funeral. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

In their Kia sport utility vehicle, Yvon and Diane Shaumont brave flooding Tuesday on Chippewa Road because they said they were late for a funeral. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The worst damage was on Sharon Copley Road (state Route 162), where a Medina city fire truck fell into a culvert that collapsed just west of River Styx Road in Montville Township.

Christine Myers of Ohio Department of Transportation said the 6-foot culvert washed out because of the immense rainfall.

“The road will remain closed (from River Styx to state Route 57) until we can get a contractor in there to replace it,” she said.

The northern portion of the county took the hardest hit.

Brunswick reported the most closings — seven of the 11 were in Brunswick Hills, Liverpool and Hinckley townships.

In some areas where flooding is frequent, residents took Monday’s storm in stride.

Chippewa Lake overflowed onto Chippewa Road in Lafayette Township and still had water covering it Tuesday morning.

That didn’t deter some motorists.

“We are late for a funeral. That is why we don’t care,” Diane Shaumont said.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @adavisreports.