December 20, 2014

Elyria
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Elyria water plant dealt with more than twice normal storm capacity

Elyria city crews worked Tuesday to reopen Gulf Road after floodwaters damaged it. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Elyria city crews worked Tuesday to reopen Gulf Road after floodwaters damaged it. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The storm dumped so much water in Elyria the city’s wastewater treatment plant was tested to its limits, Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka said.

“It was a tough night. Some 100 million gallons of water went through in one day,” she said.

The Gulf Road plant typically pumps 30 million gallons of water a day — up to 45 million gallons when it rains. However, Monday was not a typical storm.

“It was just more than what we expected,” Siwierka said.

What water that did not go into the plant ended up flooding city streets, neighborhoods and getting pushed back into homes. About 100 calls came into the city for water in the basement.

It left people including Rachel Myers of Pasadena Avenue wondering what the city is doing to keep stormwater runoff and sewage out of their homes.

“I realize everyone flooded because of the storm, but I have poop in the basement,” Myers said. “The city is well aware this is a problem area that they have known about for years.”

Myers said before her sump pump was full, the water from the basement drain was coming out with enough force to knock tile off her wall. When the sun came up, she ended up with what she believes is dried feces on her basement floor.

To get an answer, the Elyria woman said she plans to attend the next City Council meeting and plans to go door-to-door to rally her neighbors.

“I saw all my neighbors siphoning water out of their homes, so I know I’m not the only one,” she said.