November 25, 2014

Elyria
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Heavy rains, melting snow cause flooding in Lorain County

The River Walk, near the Elyria Police Station, as the flood waters pour down the Black River after the heavy rains this weekend. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The River Walk, near the Elyria Police Station, as the flood waters pour down the Black River after the heavy rains this weekend. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

About 2.8 inches of rain fell in Lorain County between Friday night and early Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, causing area flooding.

The Black River was over its banks at Cascade Park in Elyria.

The Black River was over its banks at Cascade Park in Elyria.

Several Riverside Drive residents in Vermilion were evacuated about 8 a.m. after the Vermilion River reached its flood stage of 9 feet, according to police Sgt. Gordon Adams. Adams said residents were allowed to return at about 1 p.m., when the river receded to about 8.4 feet.

Adams said residents are used to flooding on the street. “They know the drill,” he said.

The Black River in Elyria was at 16.3 feet at 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the Weather Service. Flood stage is 16.3 feet. The river is predicted to recede to 12.6 feet by this morning.

Flooding also occurred Saturday on the south side of Tower Boulevard in Lorain between Ashland and Oberlin avenues and on Edgewood Avenue, according to Lori Garcia, Lorain street superintendent. Garcia said at least one car got stuck in the foot-high water on Ashland and one on West 38th Street. They had to be towed Sunday.

Garcia said the 4500 block of Edgewood remained closed to traffic Sunday night, but was expected to open today.


  • Phil Blank

    The photos are from down by Cascade park, which is a floodplain anyway and the water rushing over the dam makes it look worse.
    Remove the dam.