Summit County declares state of emergency after flooding

AKRON, Ohio - Summit County has declared a state of emergency after the storms earlier this week that brought torrential rains that caused subsequent flooding.

In Akron, city officials have received nearly 400 calls for service because of flooding problems, and Mayor Don Plusquellic directed all service department employees to help with the cleanup efforts, according to a release.

"We are utilizing all the city manpower available, and are seeking additional manpower from the State," Plusquellic said in the release. "Our current crews are already working 8 a.m.-8 p.m. to help our residents cleanup their flooded basements and intend to keep the long hours until the situation is resolved."

Residents with flood damage can call 311 to report flooding and sewer backups.

Also, residents with storm debris can leave the items on their lawn for trash pickup and the city will not charge additional fees for the debris pickup, the release said.

Those displaced by the storm can seek shelter at the Reimer Community Learning Center Shelter at 2370 Manchester Rd. That facility will be equipped with Red Cross staff, volunteers, and medical personnel, and will be open around the clock as long as there is a need, the city said.

Additionally, all of Akron's community centers will be open until 9 p.m. Wednesday night to provide a place for residents to get out of the extreme heat.

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