Flooding at Fairlawn shopping center damages cars, workers say no help from owner

Some cars totaled, thousands in damage
Posted at 6:27 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 23:13:00-04

Several postal workers with the Fairlawn post office are upset after their cars were left in high water following the June 16 storm that caused plenty of damage in Summit County.

The workers parked their cars at the Fairlawn Town Center shopping complex on Market Street and said that flooding repeatedly occurs at that location.

They said that the owner of the shopping center will not help them with their damage vehicles. The center is now owned by the Phillips Edison Corporation.

Postal worker Delisa Oden told drainage at their employee lot is so bad, it floods in a matter of minutes.

It was coming down on my co-workers cars and water was shooting up into the air," said Oden.

"Management said it was and act of God, and I said the rain was an act of God, but the flooding was definitely not an act of God."

Some motorists dealing with damage said they have thousands of dollars in repairs that have to be made due to the flooding. has reached out to shopping complex ownership for a statement. Phillips Edison & Company sent us the following statement on Thursday:

We have been in contact with individuals who had personal property damage due to this extraordinary storm event.

Investigator Joe Pagonakis learned two of the postal carriers vehicles were totaled, and one carrier lost her $16,000 car.

The City of Fairlawn also responded saying they would like those affected by the flooding to contact the Fairlawn Service Department.