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Flooding closes county roads; subzero wind chill today

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    Chippewa Road in Lafayette Township, one of the many roads in Medina County that closed due to flooding, is shown Thursday.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    Chippewa Road in Lafayette Township, one of the many roads in Medina County that closed due to flooding, is shown Thursday.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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A wet and blustery Wednesday provided the perfect recipe for dangerous road conditions that prompted Medina County to close several roads Thursday morning due to flooding.

Nine roads remained closed with thick, slushy water across pavement Thursday night, although water levels had already began to recede, said County Engineer Andy Conrad.

“The water is subsiding,” Conrad said. “We’re pulling some of the high water signs. But some are still flooded.”

Rain and melted snow caused many area streams and rivers to rise, some to levels where water spilled onto roadways.

The roads closed due flooding are:

  • Station Road, Liverpool Township;
  • Chippewa Road, Lafayette Township;
  • Bear Swamp Road, Sharon Township;
  • Kennard Road, Gloria Glens Park Village;
  • Friendsville Road, Westfield Township;
  • Willow Road, Harrisville Township;
  • Rivers Corners Road, Spencer Township;
  • Westfield Road, Westfield Township;
  • Spencer Mills Road, Spencer Township.

Conrad, who said more roads closed due to flooding in 2013, cautioned drivers not to try to cross over flooded roads.

“You don’t know how deep it is,” he said.

“It could sweep away a car. It could be dangerous.”

The region will not see much relief in weather patterns for the next few days.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a wind chill advisory for the area until about 1 p.m. today.

It will be brutally cold overnight as wind chill values will be as low as 10 to 14 degrees below zero.

Today will have a high temperature of 12, the weather service said.

The National Weather Service calls for a wind chill advisory when cold air and wind combine to create low wind temperatures.

Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. It is recommended that people wear a hat and gloves when outside.

With much of the water turning to ice coupled with a light coating of snow, Conrad said roads may be hard to travel this morning. His crews, which normally start at 4 a.m., will treat the roads for snow and ice.

“We need to get the roads plowed and salted before school starts,” Conrad said. “They’ve put in a lot of hours lately.”

His crews must maintain 16 snow plow routes on 326 miles of county roads.

“We’ll get through it,” Conrad said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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