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Flooding a concern as storm hits area


City officials in Elyria and Lorain have a word of advice for those residents whose homes are prone to flooding when it rains — be prepared.

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon makes headway inland, widespread heavy rainfall is expected into early Monday. It’s unclear how much rain will fall in Lorain County, but some areas may see between 2 and 4 inches of rain, with the possibility of 5 inches in some areas, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

The heaviest rainfall is expected today, when the chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

“The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon have the possibility of bringing 2 to 5 inches of rain (today) and Monday,” Lorain Safety Service Director Daniel Given said. “Plan ahead if you are prone to basement sewer flooding.”

Elyria City Safety Service Assistant Director Kevin Brubaker said residents should make sure their sump pumps are working and drains are open. He added that if residents own a home with a basement that tends to flood, it is important to remove items from lower areas.

As if the constant rain isn’t bad enough, minor to moderate flooding is expected on most area rivers with the potential for some rivers to reach major flood stage, the NWS reported.

Flooding in low-lying areas and poor drainage areas also can be expected.

Given said anyone who uses the closed portion of roads or highways due to high water may be fined $2,000.

Brubaker said Elyria Waste Water crews were cleaning street drains and checking sewer pipes Friday.

He said residents also need to be proactive.

“If you see a street drain that is blocked by debris, removing debris will allow water to flow and not cause flooding in streets,” Brubaker said.

Given is asking any residents who may see a flooded road or have a flooded basement to call the Lorain Utilities Department emergency number at (440) 204-2280 or the Lorain Street Department at (440) 258-3510.

In Elyria, Brubaker is asking residents to call (440) 366-2211 if any problems arise with water buildup.

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda said the recent work on city roads and sewers should help.

“On East Avenue especially … the work should help some of the folks on the south side that have previously seen some water,” Brinda said Friday night.

Lakeshore flooding is possible early this morning. A “high swimming risk” can be expected at most Lake Erie beaches.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.

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