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Cars damaged, drivers rescued from rushing flood waters due to a water main break in Cleveland Friday morning

East 131st Street and Harvard Avenue remain closed to all thru traffic due to serious flooding.
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Posted at 6:30 AM, Nov 17, 2023

CLEVELAND — A water main break on Cleveland's East Side caused major issues for drivers and residents Friday morning as East 131st Street and Harvard Avenue was closed to all traffic due to serious flooding.

News 5 was there as Cleveland Fire and EMS rescued a half dozen drivers from the flood waters.

At least a foot of standing water is present there.

Cleveland Water sent us a statement saying crews are currently at the site working to close a 30-inch water main break. The department said service to customers is not impacted at this time and urged people to avoid the areas until repairs are complete and the flooding is clear.

Neighbors reported to News 5 that they had experienced some water pressure issues, and there had been an ongoing leak for nearly a week.

Several neighbors are reporting flooding and damage inside of their homes.

Lucretia Harris' car became trapped in the water.

She got to safety, but her car is a total loss.

"Before I knew it, my car started filling up with water, and it stalled out, and I couldn't go any further. And it just kept going high and higher and higher," Harris said.

Officials say no one has been hurt.