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Flood Advisory in effect in Cuyahoga County, other areas under Flood Watch

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 10:13:38-05

A Flood Advisory is in effect for Cuyahoga County until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Other areas of Northeast Ohio are under a Flood Watch through late Wednesday night.

The public reported heavy rain and snowmelt in Cuyahoga County, according to the National Weather Service. Moderate rain and snowmelt is causing ponding of water on roadways, making travel difficult. As of 9:24 a.m., three-quarters of an inch of rain had already fallen.

Additional rainfall of three-quarters of an inch is expected over the area through this evening, which will result in minor flooding, according to the NWS.

The NWS advises: “Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles."

In addition, there is a Flood Watch in effect for other areas of Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania through late Wednesday night.

The weekend snowstorm contained about .5 to 1 inches of liquid water, the NWS stated. About .4 to .75 inches of snowmelt is expected Wednesday. In addition, rainfall today will range from .5 of an inch near Toledo to 1.25 inches in northwest Pennsylvania. The combination of rainfall and snowmelt will produce widespread minor flooding from Findlay to Lorain and points east into PA.

A Flood Watch is issued when there is potential for flooding. The NWS advises residents to monitor the forecast and remain alert for possible flood warnings. Areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should a flood warning be issued or if flooding develops.

The areas under a Flood Watch include, in Ohio: Ashland, Ashtabula Inland, Ashtabula Lakeshore, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Hancock, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Portage, Richland, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne, and Wyandot. In northwest Pennsylvania: Crawford, Northern Erie, and Southern Erie.