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6 adults, 1 toddler rescued from vehicles submerged in water in Cleveland

Ivanhoe Road flooding
Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 03, 2023

CLEVELAND — Cleveland firefighters rescued seven people from vehicles that became submerged in water due to flooding under the train trestles on Ivanhoe Road near Euclid Avenue late Sunday night.

A Technical Rescue Squad and a ladder truck with the department rescued the six adults and one toddler from four vehicles that were stuck, according to a Cleveland Fire official.

No injuries were reported.

The vehicles became submerged in water due to flooding in the area amid heavy rainfall in Cleveland on Sunday night. The fire department believes the flooding was caused by clogged drains in the area. Residents tell News 5 that flooding is very common every time it rains.

Monday afternoon Ivanhoe Road was still closed as officials cleaned up the water-filled streets. Across the street, Mohamed Muntaser, the owner of Danny’s Hair and Beauty Store, was left to clean the mess on his own

“I came in this morning, and it looked like a tornado hit the store,” said Muntaser.

He's had the family business since 2003 and is frustrated because flooding has been a never-ending problem.

“So, we're on the corner of East Cleveland and Cleveland, and East Cleveland doesn't clean their sewers and all their debris, all their water and junk comes to our sewers,” said Muntaser, reiterating that every time it rains, there’s flood water that fills the street and covers the sidewalk. Then the next morning, he's left with mud and debris all around his store, and that's affecting business

“One, it took away time for me helping customers while we were shorthanded,” Muntaser continued. “Ivanhoe being shut down also does not help at all because people can't access us if they're coming off the highway,”

He's reached out to Cleveland and East Cleveland about the issues and has gone as far as cleaning out the drain himself.

“They need to add sewer lot more sewer lines or whatever it is to clean out East Cleveland,” said Muntaser.

He just wants the issue to be fixed for him and his business. News 5 reached out to Cleveland regarding the flooded streets, and they did not comment.

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