Flooded Basement Cleanup

Storms Drop Much Rain on Northeastern Ohio

July was looking as though it would be a very dry month in Ohio until yesterday when a powerful thunderstorm moving in a southwardly direction from Canada dumped five inches of rain in the northeastern portion of the state. A miserable mix of flooding, high winds and extremely high temperatures turned this Midwestern state into a swamp Tuesday.

The storm packed wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour which resulted in the flooding of several neighborhoods in Akron and which canceled flights at a commuter airport there. The turbulent, wild weather started Monday evening and continued on into the early hours Tuesday. Many barns were flattened by the high winds and numerous power poles in northeast Ohio toppled over. There were over 13,500 power outages reported in parts of central and northern Ohio.

Temperatures have been in the 90s throughout Ohio for the past several days. Dayton has opened its rec centers to give residents a place to cool down. Akron also has transformed several community centers into cooling stations and officials there are urging residents without power to either go to one of the cooling centers or to the local, air-conditioned malls and shopping complexes to find relief from the heat. Unfortunately, the extremely hot temperatures are expected to linger for the rest of the week.

At the Akron-Canton airport, 4.7 inches of rain fell overnight in just three hours’ time. The airport terminal’s basement became filled with six feet of water during the heavy down-pouring of rain, spurning the airport to turn off its electrical system for several hours while water was being pumped out. The problem prompted airport officials to cancel six flights.

Storm spotters in Ottawa County reported widespread damage as many trees and limbs were downed in an area stretching from Genoa to Port Clinton. In Parma and Cleveland, Ohio, many homes were flooded and residents there are not all that happy with the fact that their basements are filled with a combination of raw sewage and flood water. Many people believe that Parma has an inadequate sewage system and that the city is doing nothing about it. Residents on two city streets have reported that this is the third time this year that sewage has backed up into their homes. Many of the affected homeowners say that they were dropped from insurance companies earlier this spring and that they have to pay flood cleanup costs out of their own pockets.

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Flooded Basement Cleanup