OH floods affect hundreds

Hundreds of homes, apartments and condominiums in northern Ohio were affected by flooding Thursday and Friday, reported both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 30, 2006


The tornado destroyed homes and stripped trees in Holly.
Credit: Rev. Dave Moorman

Residents in flooded Painesville, Ohio, were being urged to stay away from their homes until electricity can be safely restored. Shelters were still open on Sunday at Harvey High School in Painesville, and at the Senior Center in Madison Village.

Hundreds of homes, apartments and condominiums in northern Ohio were affected by last week's flooding, reported both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross. Heavy rainfall inundated the region, triggering flash floods. At least 600 residents had to be evacuated.

Some of the worst flooding was reported in Painesville, where dozens of residents were evacuated. Painesville is a Cleveland suburb surrounded on three sides by the Grand River, which rose 11 feet above flood stage. The Chagrin River was several feet above flood stage.

Flood damage - still being assessed Saturday afternoon - was reported in Eastlake, as well as in the counties of Cuyahoga, Lake, Geneva, and Ashtabula. One Pennsylvania County - Crawford - was also affected.

Tornadoes and flooding have repeatedly hit Ohio in the past month.


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