Lorain County was plagued with washed-out roads, cars in ditches and backed up sewer systems on Monday evening as a massive storm sent rain throughout the County.
According to Elyria Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka, the water level in the Black River is expected to reach almost 15 feet by 11 p.m. The last time it was that bad, Siwierka said, was during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
“We can’t keep up with this,” she said.
In Elyria, electrical lines and trees were down and Gulf Road was blocked off after being almost entirely washed out.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, state Route 57 between state Route 254 and Interstate 90 is closed due to flooding. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes. There is no estimated time of reopening.
ODOT also reported the Middle Ridge Road entrance ramp to Interstate 90 eastbound is also closed due to flooding.
Lorain saw a similar situation. According to the police department, massive flooding across the city left most roads unusable.
Meanwhile, the close proximity of Vermilion to Lake Erie left parts of the city entirely flooded and blocked off, including the entirety of Mapleview Drive, Liberty Avenue and South Shore Courts, according to Vermilion police.