Storm damage clean-up/power outage updates

Heavy rains caused streets to turn into rushing rivers Sunday.  Drivers still dealing with road closings this morning.

Multiple rounds of storms hit the tri-state area Sunday.  By evening, with the ground already saturated, a round of severe thunderstorms prompted flood alerts for parts of the viewing area.

According to the National Weather Service, before 7pm some isolated areas of Erie County had already seen two to three inches of rain, with totals reaching five inches after additional rains.

The National Weather Service said parts of Fairview and Lake City sustained significant flooding, leading to water rescues as waters rose to the windows.

"A lot of it is toward the lake... toward the bay," said Scott Robinson; a firefighter for Perry Hi-Way Hose co.  "So, A lot of people are getting it down there."

Crews were out overnight, beginning their clean-up.  That includes at the Post Office on Legion Road, where they were pumping water out of the building after it flooded.  Crews on the scene say only the loading dock flooded, and the rest of the building is not damaged.  

The Erie Fire Department suspects that excessive water was to blame for damage at home in the 900 block of West 23rd Street.  A basement wall reportedly collapsed, compromising a gas line outside of the home.  The street was flooded.

In Millcreek Township 100 homes were reported to have basement flooding or some type of water-related damage.  Millcreek Township Emergency Management says the extent of damage could become more clear today. 

If you have damage to your business or residence, please call the Millcreek Emergency Operation Center Damage Assessment Line at 814-833-1303.
If you live in West Erie County, you can contact the West County Emergency Management Agency at the email  wecema.emc@gmail.com or call your local municipality’s office with your name, address and contact information.

We talked to Pennsylvania State Police in Girard this morning and many roads around Fairview are closed this morning.   Erie County Cert. Teams will visit some of the hardest hit areas door-to-door beginning later this morning.  

With several inches of rain falling in such a short amount of time, roadways proved to be treacherous at times.  The National Weather Service said parts of Fairview and Lake City sustained significant flooding, leading to water rescues as waters rose to the windows.  In Fairview around 7pm, a vehicle was inundated with water on a Route 98 underpass at Middle Road.
 
Fire departments urge drivers to always avoid areas with standing water.  Robinson warned, "the basic thing we tell people is if you see high waters avoid them the best you can. You don't want to go near. If you see high, turn around."

Find power outages, and expected restoration times at outages.firstenergycorp.com/pa.html.

Erie County had 2900 reported outages earlier this morning; Crawford County had 714.  Warren County had nearly 1300 outages.  Ashtabula County had less than 5 outages reported across their county this morning.  Service was expected to be restored by 7 this morning.

 


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