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Cuyahoga River height surpasses 1913 flood

Beacon Journal staff report

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Cuyahoga River rose to its highest point ever Wednesday in the city — even surpassing the 1913 flood — thanks to the heavy downpour that hit the Akron area.

The river crested at 14.28 feet, well above the 11.8 feet recorded a century ago, city Service Director Valerie Wax Carr said.

“That’s amazing,” she said.

The river also is moving fast. Gauges measured the water traveling at more than 5,000 cubic feet per second Wednesday.

The optimal speed is 200 cubic feet per second. Thursday afternoon, the measurement was still 3,510 cubic feet per second.

“I don’t even remember when we’ve seen numbers like that,” Carr said.

Cuyahoga Falls, in general, fared well during the storm, she said. There were isolated incidents of flooded basements and downed trees, and there were about 5,000 customers without power.

Power was restored in about three hours, she said.

Akron Peninsula Road between Ira Road and Bolanz Road remained closed Thursday because of the storm.

Meanwhile, the Sheraton Dam removal project remains on hold because of the rain. It’s unclear when that project will begin.

“We’re getting back on track today and we’re glad to see the sunshine,” Carr said. “We’re hoping that we get dry weather for the next couple of days.”


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