Lake County officials declare state of emergency after flooding

MENTOR, Ohio - The Lake County Board of Commissioners and the Lake County Emergency Management Agency are declaring the county a state of emergency.

Early Saturday morning, heavy rain blocked roads and flooded basements. The county said the heaviest damage was in the western part of Lake County from Wickliffe to Mentor.

The declaration of emergency will be sent to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency asking for funding.

Teams from the American Red Cross have accessed more than 300 flooded basements just in the city of Willowick. The American Red Cross is also handing out clean-up kits to residents. Those needing assistance, especially the elderly, should call 211.

The city of Mentor is asking residents to report flood or sewer back-up damage at 440-255-1100 or email This will help the city is requesting federal aid.

City crews in Mentor will remove storm debris that's place at the curb.

The Lake County Solid Waste Facility will accept flood-related debris without a fee. The following is the extended schedule:

July 23 to July 26 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Residents, including cars and pickup trucks
July 23 to July 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Private haulers, including large trucks and public works departments.
July 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Residents only

All vehicles must be covered in a tarp. The facility will not accept hazardous waste, liquid waste or yard waste.

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