Flood victims in North Olmsted get into shouting match with City leaders at the high school

North Olmsted,OH - Things got hot and heavy in North Olmsted Thursday night as city leaders addressed angry homeowners. It was standing room only inside the gymnasium at North Olmsted high school.

The meeting had to be moved from city hall because of the amount of people who attended.

Residents were fed up with the cities response to flooding in the area .

As of Monday, the area had been flooded at least four times since 2011. The city spent about $10 million on drainage improvements, but residents feel the results have been lacking.

Mayor Kevin Kennedy told the fuming residents to "direct the anger toward" him, but they fired off their frustration at any city official in the room.

Many residents complained that city officials seemed to be, "on stage patting themselves on the back." Another resident said the one thing he never heard was, "I'm sorry."

Kennedy said the two basins in the area can hold about 2 million gallons of water. When I asked him if the system failed, he said, "No. The system didn't fail. It's just not equipped to handle that amount of rain in that amount of time."

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District released it's daily precipitation report for Monday, May 12. It shows North Olmsted got the most amount of rain with 4 inches.

Part of Strongsville came in second with 3.5 inches with North Royalton coming in third with 2.8 inches.

Kennedy remained well after the meeting was over to answer questions and tend to residents concerns. Many felt there weren't enough answers given and felt like there was no plan.

According to the last of the residents that came out of the high school, Kennedy agreed to have another public meeting in 30 days to update residents on what's been done and what's going to happen over the next six months.

The group also said the mayor will put some of this information on the city's website. We were not able to get in touch with the mayor after the meeting, but we plan to follow up.
 

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