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Bellevue joins dozens of other cities hit by flood damage

Posted at 9:25 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 23:17:08-04

BELLEVUE, Ohio — Bellevue is yet another victim of the heavy rain and flooding that has hit dozens of Northeast and north central Ohio communities over the past several days.

The city of 8,000, just 60 miles Southwest of Cleveland, was pounded by rain much of the day on June 20, causing flooded basements and closed roadways, especially neighborhood side streets.

Bellevue Police Chief Mark Linder told News 5 too many motorists attempted to take on the high water, some stalling their vehicles in the middle of flooded streets.

Linder said his police force will ticket and fine drivers who are caught trying to drive on closed roads.

“A lot of cars stuck, people trying to go through, just trying to get streets blocked off, road closed signs out up,” Linder said.

Bellevue homeowner James Nixon found himself dealing with a basement filled with flood water as local storms sewers struggled to keep pace with all the rainfall.

“It's a little rough cause I don’t know how I’m going to get the water out,” Nixon said.

"I came down to the basement and saw all the water and I kept hearing the air coming up from the floor in the other two rooms.”

Bellevue joins other cities like Barberton, Sandusky and Canal Fulton that are dealing with flooding issues in low lying areas across multiple parts of town.

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