Friday, July 22, 2011
How to clean up, where to cool down and maybe even get a break on your taxes.
The record-setting rainfall is behind us. As we head into the weekend, local residents and officials are busy dealing with the aftermath. Use the following resources to help get things back to normal. Cleaning Up The Summit County Health District advises residents to avoid flooding or standing water, which could contain submerged objects, fecal bacteria from overtaxed sanitary sewers and other potentially disease-causing substances. Use hand sanitizer if fresh water is not available for washing. Wear goggles, boots and rubber gloves to clean flooded areas and wash clothes worn during the cleanup. Do not allow children to play with toys that have come into contact with standing water until the items have been cleaned and disinfected. Don …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
United States Geological Survey expert says Fairlawn rainfall was a rare event that could change streamflow and water quality.
Early Tuesday more than 5 1/2 inches of rainfall soaked Fairlawn in about two hours, a rare, severe weather event which caused heavy flooding and water damage. Fairlawn-Bath Patch Editor Kymberli Hagelberg asked Greg Koltun, a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey, to talk about the effects of the storm. Fairlawn-Bath Patch: The National Weather Service rainfall chart shows our area received between 5 and 6 inches of rain. How does that rank? USGS Greg Koltun: If you look at historical recurrences, a 1,000-year recurrence is 4.99 inches in two hours. Patch: Are we safe for a thousand years? USGS: No. People ask the same thing when we have two 100-year floods in five years. It means that there is a 1/1000 chance of another …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Neighbors say problems aren't new, but "Mother Nature" added to troubles with 1,000-year storm.
Many Fairlawn residents woke up at about 2:30 a.m. by thunderstorms that blew through their neighborhoods leaving behind record-setting amounts of rainfall -- more than five inches in about two hours according to the National Weather Service. The amount qualifies as a 1,000-year storm, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "I have never heard rain like that," said John Welch, who has spent 41 years on Bancroft Road in Fairlawn with his wife Margie. "We're flooded. You might call this one the mother of all floods," he said. "This is one of those events we've been having more and more often. So let's just keep ignoring global warming and see how far that gets us." The Welches live along Schocalog Creek, which breached its banks leaving …
Rainfall from last night's thunderstorm exceeded the banks of the Schocalog Creek by several feet, flooding Fort Island area yards and homes.
This short video shows the pace of flood waters in Schocalog Creek at around noon, almost eight hours after thunderstorms swept through our area dumping five to eight inches of rain in about 90 minutes.
Pumping crews have been in the neighborhood since early this morning.
Neighborhoods in the area of Sand Run Road and near Fort Island Elementary School in Fairlawn experienced heavy flooding last night from thunderstorms that dumped more than five inches of rain in basements and back yards. "The mayor was out here in the neighborhoods this morning," said Teresa Sroka, who lives on Haverhill Road. "We always get flooding. But my sump pumps and back flow valve were working this time and my foundation is still flooded because of all the pressure. "These problems (in the foundation) are new. And my neighbors have a lake in their back yard. I have to think the problems we are experiencing now are because of something new they have done to solve the problem in another area." According to Fairlawn Police, …
Monday, July 18, 2011
Rain and Thunderstorms a possibility through Tuesday.
Monday, July 18, 2011
The National Weather Service report for Fairlawn and Bath warns of a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon after 2 p.m. It will stay muggy today, temperatures expected to hit lower 90s. The chance of rain goes up to 50 percent tonight (Monday) with a chance of thunderstorms. Night-time temps are expected to drop into the 70s.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Misery loves company: Take a look at what happened here and in other Patches during a soggy, stressful week.
It seems like there hasn't been a day this week that strong storms -- or at least the warning of one -- weren't blowing through Northeast Ohio. Click the city name for a recap of the harrowing thunderstorms and the cleanup that hit us and other nearby cities. Fairlawn -- According to National Weather Service reports, Fairlawn and Bath were caught for a time on Wednesday night between two major storm fronts: one coming up from Wooster and one coming across from Wadsworth; both were capable of quarter-size hail and 70 mph winds. Luckily there were no major injuries and only two roads were closed overnight although crews were still working on Friday to drain standing water in pars of Fairlawn and Bath. Stow -- This city also escaped major …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Whether the next snowpocalypse hits today, tomorrow or next week, here's are a few things you can do ahead of time to be prepared.
Top off – Make sure you have a full tank of gas in the car and fill washer, radiator and oil are filled to proper levels. Traffic jams due to weather-related accidents burn fuel and overheat engines. In bad weather you may also be called to take on extra errands – better not to complicate matters with a trip to the gas station too. Power up – If you don’t have a set of rechargables on hand, it’s a good idea to stock up on batteries for your flashlights and lanterns. Many of these items take a variety of sizes, so check your expiration dates. Ideal storage temperature is between 40 and 50 degrees farenheit. Charge cell phones and laptops too. It should go without saying that a well-charged cell phone should be in your hand if you venture …