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Storm causes flooding, power outages in Tallmadge

Firefighters rescue two from submerged cars on East Avenue

by Jaime Gerard | Editor Published: May 13, 2014 10:57 AM
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Heavy rain, high winds, tornadic activity, lighting, thunder, hail and flooding were all on Northeast Ohio’s weather menu last night.
Programming was suspended as the local news stations worked to keep viewers apprised of the ever-changing precipitation.
Cell phones buzzed and land lines rang with red alert messages provided by the National Weather Service during the storm, which lasted from about 8 to 11 p.m.
The storm line ran from Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Stark and Portage counties.

Tallmadge Fire Chief Patrick Gaffney told the Express firefighters responded to a fire alarm at a West Avenue residence related to a water issue from the storm at 10 p.m.
At 10:30, Gaffney said there were four cars stranded in the 100 block of East Avenue, trapping two occupants in the water. Fire personnel extricated two occupants from two of the cars with no injuries reported, he added.

Additionally, at 11:15 p.m., a utility worker working on the power outage  sustained an injury to his right foot from a truck stabilizer, said Gaffney, noting Tallmadge EMS transported him to the emergency room at Summa/ St. Thomas Hospital.

According to Tallmadge Police Lt. Ron Williams, Tallmadge experienced flooding on the Circle, east at the tracks, East Howe Road at Carter’s Lake, East Howe Road at Hughes Drive and Northeast Avenue near Bentley Place.
“Each caused the road to be closed briefly until the storm water drained,” said Williams, adding “There were reports of cars submerged on the Circle and East Avenue, [although] everything was open by morning rush.”
Williams said he was not aware of any flooded basements, but considered it a safe bet there were some.
“The power went out, at least on the east side of town, for about an hour, so sump pumps were not working.”
Anyone with information on what they experienced during last night’s storm, or anyone with photos to share, are asked to contact the Express at tallmadgeexpress@recordpub.com.


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