Speaking over the hum of Cleveland Water crews pumping out water, Mimie Gordon ran off the list of appliances and items damaged, “I have two washers down there, two dryers, two hot water heaters, two boilers.”
Those are the heavy items in the Martin Luther King Drive home Gordon owns and rents out, and they may need to now all be replaced after a backed-up street sewer flooded her basement. Gordon said six to seven other homes on street were also affected.
Frustrated this happened just days away from the Christmas holiday, Gordon may be looking at spending even more money. “If I have to replace the furnace and everything, probably I'm talking about 7 or 8 thousand dollars,” she said.
About 20 minutes away in Valley View, an over flooded Cuyahoga River forced police to shut down streets. The aftermath of heavy rains was seen all over Northeast Ohio Sunday.
Even in Sandusky, homeowners had a scare. Pike Creek, a smaller creek that feeds into the Sandusky Bay, turned several backyards into a lake.
“Usually it's full of snow around this time and kids are sled riding this time of year, but I guess the kids are going to have to get the boats out and go boating a little bit,” said Carl Wadding just happy the water didn’t rise over the small hill in his backyard and into his basement.
Wadding and several neighbors got to breathe a sigh of relief the water started to recede sooner than later. In fact, Amy Kelly was already looking at bright side. “Oh we're going to have a skating rink in a couple of days when it freezes,” she said smiling.
Not so happy were the families hoping to enjoy 60 degree temperatures in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Many areas were closed due to, you guessed it, flooding.
The threat of flooding actually closed the Polar Express on its last day, which was Saturday. A press release sent to the NewsChannel5 news desk said those who purchased tickets will be refunded automatically. Anyone with questions can contact: 800-468-4070.
The National Park Service reopened most of the sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Lock 39 Trailhead in Independence to Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville and from Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula to Botzum Trailhead in Akron.
However, standing water prevented the section from Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville to Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula from immediately reopening Sunday.