December 21, 2014

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Storm floods parts of Lorain County again

A truck drives through a flooded 3rd Street in Elyria on Tuesday evening. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

A truck drives through a flooded 3rd Street in Elyria on Tuesday evening. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Update: The flood warning is still in effect until 4:10 p.m. Thursday. 

Heavy rain flooded parts of Lorain County Tuesday night.

A cyclist braves the rain and flooding roads to travel up 3rd Street in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

A cyclist braves the rain and flooding roads to travel up 3rd Street in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

About 2 inches of rain fell in the county between 3 and 10 p.m., said Brian Mitchell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland. The rain was heaviest between 7 and 9 p.m. when about 1.7 inches fell.

A flash flood warning was in effect until 4 a.m. today. At 9 p.m., the Black River was at 10.4 feet. Flood stage is 9.5 feet. The river was expected to crest at 13.5 feet overnight.

The rain kept city workers and police busy. They blocked roads in Elyria, Lorain and Oberlin. An Oberlin police dispatcher said there was high water throughout the city, and the 200 block of South Main Street by the city McDonald’s was blocked.

In Lorain, Tower Boulevard from Edgewood Drive to Oberlin Avenue was closed about 9 p.m., Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler said. Parts of West 37th and West 38th streets also were closed, as were several streets around the flood-prone Martin’s Run Creek between West 35th Street and Oberlin Avenue.

Farm fields on state Route 301 in Carlisle Township are under water following very heavy evening rains Tuesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Farm fields on state Route 301 in Carlisle Township are under water following very heavy evening rains Tuesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Fowler said flooding wasn’t as bad as May 12 when a tornado touched down in Eaton Township, but conditions were difficult. “If we get much more rain, I imagine it’s going to be a long night,” he said.

In Elyria about 8:55 p.m., a manhole cover popped off on Gulf Road, leaving a hole “big enough for a submarine,” a dispatcher’s transmission said. At 9:20 p.m., state Route 57 north between state Route 254 and Schadden Road in Elyria was blocked off, said police Lt. Lee Frank.

Drivers braved high water on streets that weren’t blocked and at least one got stuck at Middle Avenue and 15th Street in Elyria, Frank said. There were no reports of injuries or drivers having to be rescued from stranded cars as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.