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Flooding, heavy rain, small earthquake and 2 EF-1 tornadoes hit Northeast Ohio in 24-hour span

Posted: 9:57 AM, Jun 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-15 12:02:08-04
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Barberton flooding
Barberton flooding
Barberton flooding
Barberton flooding
Barberton flooding
Barberton flooding

Downpours over the weekend are bringing flooding to a wide swath of Northeast Ohio. Residents woke up to their yards saturated in water and streets barely recognizable. The videos above were captured by our photographers in Barberton and Clinton. They show parks and streets flooded, as well as residents walking in knee-high water with their dogs and vehicles taking a big risk by driving through unknown depths of flooded streets.

Road closures

Here is a list of road closures across Northeast Ohio:

  • Vaughn Road at Riverview Road in Brecksville
  • State Route 302 between Silver Road and West Old Lincoln Way in Wooster
  • State Route 43 between OH-619 and U.S. Highway 224 in Stark County
  • State Route 13 south of Geisinger Road
  • State Route 241 between Strausser Street NW and Shuffel Street NW in Stark County
  • Riverview Road between West Bath Road and Ira Road in Summit County
  • State Route 165 between SR 62 and SR 46 in Mahoning County
  • Barber Road between Norton Avenue and I-76 in Barberton
  • State Route 43 between OH-619/West Maple Street/Steffy Avenue SW and US-224/Akron Canfield Road in Stark County

Kungle Road bridge in the New Franklin/Norton area collapsed overnight.

RELATED: Kungle Road bridge collapses following heavy rain

New Franklin police are blocking off the northbound lane of Manchester Road north of Comet Road due to a sinkhole forming near the guardrail.

Areas hit hardest by the flooding include many cities in Summit County, such as Barberton, Copley and Norton. Entire intersections are underwater. News 5's morning crew captured what was left after the heavy rain. The intersection at Norton Avenue and Fourth Street near Barberton High School is closed to traffic because of high water.

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Flooding near Barberton High School

In Copley, Pigeon Creek overflowed, causing Knox Boulevard to be closed to vehicle access, but that didn't stop people from trying.

Images of floodwaters

Chippewa Lake where a woman said she has lived there for seven years and has never seen it so bad.

St. Helena Heritage Park in Canal Fulton has been engulfed in water.

The Tuscarawas River has overflown onto the streets of Clinton.

Rainfall totals
The National Weather Service said rainfall reports from the past 48 hours reveal many areas south of Cleveland received more than 3 inches of rain, with the heaviest rainfall being 3 to 5 inches across Richland, Ashland, Wayne and Summit Counties.

RELATED: Heavy rainfall brings area well above average for June - but why?

Flash Flood Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Northeast Ohio, including Medina, Wayne, Ashland and Summit counties until 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. More info here.

State of Emergency
In Wayne County, the City of Rittman declared a state of emergency due to flooding. Officials now say it is not under an SOE. More on this story here.

Small earthquake
As if all this rain wasn't enough, a 1.5 earthquake hit Willowick on Sunday night. This one comes on the heels of the 4.2 quake that was centered north of Lake County in Lake Erie last week. More on the small earthquake here.

Tornadoes
The National Weather Service confirmed that not one but two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Northeast Ohio Sunday: one for about two miles in Cuyahoga County, and the other for about 13 miles in Trumbull County .

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