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Twinsburg, Reminderville escape with relatively minor issues following July 10 downpour

by Andrew Schunk | Editor Published: July 11, 2013 12:14 PM
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With downed tree limbs, some significant high water areas and no power outages reported, the city of Twinsburg and village of Reminderville escaped with relatively minor issues following the late afternoon deluge July 10.

According to Twinsburg Service Department foreman Kenny Jacofsky, Anthony Lane remained blocked by one lane July 11 as Time Warner Cable workers repair a downed cable in the roadway, however the road remains open to traffic.

Jacofsky said the flooding at some city intersections was significant.

"Good lord, where do I start?" he said July 11.

Brief road closures occurred at Ravenna Road and Herrick Road; Ravenna Road northbound at Old Mill Road; and Ravenna Road at East Aurora Road at Bongiorno's Family Ristorante, Jacofsky said. Other high water areas occurred at Interstate 480 and its westbound ramp; Ravenna Road and Shepard Road; Ravenna Road at Mallard Cove; and at Post Road and Liberty Road.

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Though Tinker's Creek never crested any of its bridges, including the oft-flooded bridge on East Idlewood Drive (which was right at the top of the bank as of July 11, Jacofsky said) the city's stormwater system was overwhelmed at one point during the massive July 10 storm, Jacofsky said.

"Once Tinker's Creek is full, that means the Cuyahoga River is full, and that means our storm system can't take the water anywhere," Jacofsky said.

A tree was also uprooted from the tree lawn at Twinsburg High School, he added.

Neither the Twinsburg fire or police departments reported any significant issues following the storm.

"We didn't have anything major," a Twinsburg Police Department dispatcher said July 11. "Some high water was reported, and some downed tree limbs. That's about it."

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The village of Reminderville was equally fortunate.

Reminderville Police Chief Jeff Buck said the usual areas experienced high water, including Nautilus Trail at Beaver Trail; Regatta Trail at the baseball fields; and the south end of Nautilus Trail at the marina.

And thanks to a village contract with a pumping company that was contacted by Mayor Sam Alonso around 2 p.m., the village was able to move the heavy water from the village and channel it to the Pond Brook Watershed in quick fashion.

"We must have pumped thousands of gallons out of the village," Buck said. "We didn't have any complaints from residents."

According to Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, there was a significant difference between the rainfall in Cleveland and the precipitation in Akron. While .78 inches was recorded July 10 at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, 2.08 inches of rain was recorded at Akron-Canton Airport. Kines said Twinsburg and Reminderville "likely had an average of the two."

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