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Storms moved into Northeast Ohio around 5:45 p.m. April 19 and by 6:30 p.m. area residents began to report flooding in their neighborhoods. Northfield Center Trustee Paul Buescher said rainfall was measured at 2 inches per hour and reported "all of the usual flood prone areas were underwater." He said the township road department and Sheriff's deputies closed flooded streets until the water subsided.
About two-dozen readers submitted photos and described conditions in their neighborhoods around Nordonia Hills on the News Leader's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RPCNewsLeader.
In an email to residents, Buescher said many of the complaints the township received were requests for help due to ditches backing up into yards.
"There is not much, if anything, that the township can do when the rainfall is so heavy and fast. This was perhaps a 10-year storm event.
The main drainage tributaries, which eventually drain into Brandywine Creek, are unable to handle this kind of rainfall. When the water has nowhere to go, it backs up and causes the flooding that many of us witnessed."
He also said he saw "many culvert pipes blocked by leaves, branches and other debris, all of which caused very noticeable backups and street flooding. There were many areas of our streets with water over the road surface up to two-feet deep.
"In these cases, there is nothing that our Road Department can do because the causes are occurring on private property or within the responsibility of Summit County.
"If everyone does their part to keep drainage systems open we could hopefully minimize some flood damage," he said.