CLEVELAND - Trees toppled across roads, power lines down, flooded streets and debris strewn everywhere -- those are just some of the problems brought by superstorm Sandy. The mess is making for a stressful and soggy commute for most, as drivers look for alternates around Sandy's path and the road closures. In turn, it's also creating later starts to the work day.
Some notable road closures:
- Bay Village: West Oviatt Road closed due to fallen trees and power lines between Forest Drive and Sutcliffe Drive.
- Brecksville: Highland Drive both directions shut down because of fallen power cables between Oakes Road and Rt. 82/Royalton Road. Also, Riverview Road is closed due to flooding at Vaughn Road.
- Broadview Heights: Avery Road between Broadview and Harris roads.
- Brooklyn: Biddulph Road still closed.
- Cleveland: Lakeshore Boulevard blocked due to a fallen tree between Bratenahl Road and Eddy Road.
- Fairview Park: Mastick Road west shut down due to fallen power cables and trees between Brookpark Road and Clague Road.
- Lakewood: Traffic lights not working on West 117th Street at Franklin Blvd.
- Lake County: Off-ramp closed on I-90 eastbound at Vrooman Road.
- Newburgh Heights: The right lane of I-77 southbound is closed due to high water before Fleet Ave. Stop and go traffic from I-490.
- North Ridgeville: Roads are still closed on Pitts and Gail.
- North Royalton: Drake Road both ways closed because of downed power lines between W. 130th Street and Bennett Road. Also, Rocky River Reservation and Mill Stream Run Reservation are completely flooded.
- RTA: Red Line back up and running.
- Seven Hills: Rockside Road closed between Mural and Crossview because of flooding.
- Walton Hills: Canal Road in both directions is closed due to high water between Alexander Road/E. Pleasant Valley Road and Tinkers Creek Road.
- Wellington: Rt. 18 both ways closed due to flooding between Rt. 58 and OH-301/ Lattasburg-Elyria Road.
- Westlake: The following locations remain closed due power lines and/or trees down:
Hilliard - between Devonshire entrances - large tree in wires
Hilliard - between Roseland Way to Queen Anne's Gate - large tree took out utility pole
Westwood - between Walter & Hakwins - large tree down took out pole
W. Hedgewood & Walter - large tree down w/wires
Porter - from Center Ridge to Edgepark - large tree down at Porter & Lansing
Wind also knocked out power to many traffic lights across Cleveland and northeast Ohio. Overnight, one of our videographer's got video of Cleveland drivers blowing through intersections where the lights are out, and cruising through stop signs. Ohio law mandates whenever traffic lights aren't working, drivers need to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
We also got video of a sparking power line in Cuyahoga County. If you see a power line down or sparking, you should call your local police or fire department.
Thousands of northern Ohioans woke up again in the dark and hundreds of schools and many businesses are closed for a second day as the region cleans up from superstorm Sandy.
Flood warnings remain for much of the Cleveland lakeshore area as crews work to clean up debris and try to restore power. All of that while our region prepares for another day of steady rain and gusty winds.
FirstEnergy reports more than 146,000 homes and businesses without power before dawn Wednesday. More than 114,000 of those are just in Cuyahoga County. Restoring all of it could take days.
You can see the FirstEnergy outage map here: www.firstenergycorp.com/outages
High winds spinning off the storm smacked the Buckeye State Tuesday, uprooting trees, bringing down power lines and causing other havoc. Two people were killed in crashes on icy roads in northwest Ohio.
You can submit your storm damage photos to us here: http://5.wews.com/eUdPR