Following a rapid downpour lasting no more 15 to 20 minutes, the auto mile section of West Main Street in Kent experienced a period of flash flooding with cars sloshing along the road and power outages in the area Thursday afternoon.
According to Ohio Edison’s power outage mapping, an area at the corner of Main Street and Route 59, near the Record-Courier offices, has between 501 and 1,500 power outages. There are also 21-200 homes without power along Silver Meadows Boulevard. A tree fell on power lines in front of Pioneer Cemetery on Stow Street in Kent, causing power outages and Ohio Edison crews were working to repair the lines around 7 p.m. According to the First Energy website, the area should have power restored by 10 p.m.
Power outages in Rootstown were reported too, with nearly 200 customers affected.
Cherry Street was closed near Mogadore Road for the removal of tree branches that fell on the road during the brief storm. Tree limbs also took down power lines on Longmere Drive.
Kent Service Director Melanie Baker said fast, hard rains can overwhelm storm sewers, creating flash flooding in some areas. She said hadn’t heard of any other areas of the city that received flash flooding during the downpour, but said she would be investigating.
The flash flooding along Route 59 disappeared well within a half hour.