Heavy rain floods Northeast Ohio roads
8/24/2023 UPDATE: 10 people rescued from flooded I-90 Wednesday
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Flooding has shut down I-90 eastbound and westbound between Lakewood Heights Boulevard and Hilliard Boulevard.
The shut down happened around 9 p.m. on Aug. 23
Multiple cars were nearly submerged in the high waters on the westbound lanes.
First responders used inflatable rafts to reach the cars.
Authorities have yet to confirm if anyone was still in those cars when first responders reached them on the rafts.
Westbound traffic is backed up for miles, as shown west of Warren Road.
At 10:10 p.m., first responders began directing drivers stuck on the westbound lanes to exit the highway by driving up the I-90 entrance ramp at Lakewood Heights Boulevard.
The heavy rains and wind have caused roads throughout Northeast Ohio to be shut down.
The storms caused a large tree to fall onto the intersection of Lake Road and Englewood Drive, taking power lines down along with it, said police.
Woodiebrook Road is shut down due to high water, police reported.
Several streets in the Kirtland area have high water levels, and police warn residents to avoid driving if possible.
The underpasses of North State Street and Richmond Street have flooded in Painesville. police said.
Residents were rescued from their cars at West 52nd Street and Brookpark Road after they got caught in flash flooding on the roads, firefighters confirmed.
Video shared by Parma Fire shows the rescue with inflatable rafts.
The Parma Fire Department instructs drivers to avoid these flooded areas:
- West 52nd Street and Brookpark Road
- Pearl Road and Brookpark Road
- West Sprauge Road and West 130th Street
- West Ridgewood Drive and West 54th Street
- York Road and West Pleasant Valley Road
“Remember a few inches of water can be enough to disable vehicles and knock you off your feet,” PFD stated. “If there is a flooded intersection or roadway to try another way to your destination. Turn around, don’t drown!!!”
Heavy flooding has shut down Route 422 westbound at Brainard Road and Harper Road, according to dispatch.
A portion of Bainbridge Road has also been shut down.
SR-2 is flooded on both the eastbound and westbound lanes between Lost Nation Road and Vine Street in Willoughby, the sheriff stated.
Bishop Road is shut down from Curtiss Wright Parkway in Willoughby Hills to Golf Way Lane in Highland Heights due to high water, the sheriff stated.
Lakeshore Boulevard is shut down from East 315th Street to Northshore Mall. as well as Vine Street from Lakeshore Boulevard to East 312th Street, according to police.
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