Several cities in Northeast Ohio brace for probable flooding headaches

Several cities in Northeast Ohio brace for probable flooding headaches

NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - With the temperatures warmer than they've been in a while and the start of spring just days away, residents living near riverbanks and creeks grow increasingly concerned as the ice melts.

Recent rainfall also adds to the likelihood of flooding for these areas.

Below are the flooding concerns for Saturday, March 14:

-At 1:40 p.m. Barberton Police report that Barber Road, just south of Barberton High School, is closed due to flooding.  Officers say that standing water will likely close additional streets.

-A flood warning has been issued for the Nimishillen Creek near North Industry until Sunday morning.  At 9 a.m. on Saturday the stage was 10.0 feet  with moderate flooding occurring and moderate flooding in the forecast. The river is projected to reach 10.3 feet by Saturday night and will then drop below flood stage Sunday morning. The flood stage is 9 ft.  At 10.5 ft, low-lying portions of Cheyenne Street, Southeast Sparta Avenue, and Allenford Avenue are threatened.

-A flood advisory for an ice jam and rain has been issued for the central part of Lorain county until 9:45 a.m. Sunday.  Local law enforcement agents reported ice jams along the Black River in Elyria. The river has risen due to recent snowmelt resulting in some ice breakups.  The river will fluctuate in levels as the ice moves.  Weather experts say the locations that could be impacted in the area include low-lying areas in Elyria and Carlisle Township.  Ford Road could be cut off by flood waters abruptly.  An ice jam flood watch is in effect for the advised area through Sunday afternoon.

-The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for west central Lake County until 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Saturday morning local law enforcement agents reported an ice jam along the Chagrin River near Eastlake with water rising in the West Island area. Flooding is expected from West Island to the mouth of the Chagrin River. An ice jam has cleared upstream near Willoughby Hills releasing ice and water downstream to Eastlake. The river is running high due to runoff from recent snow melt and rainfall overnight.


Ice jam flooding is difficult to predict and conditions can change rapidly as a jam forms and breaks. Flooding associated with ice jams is often worse immediately upstream of the jam location. If you live along or near rivers prone to ice jams be prepared to act quickly.