City Statement Regarding Storm DamageAugust 24, 2023
The City of Lakewood is aware that many residents and businesses experienced storm damage due to the massive amounts of rain which fell over the last 24 hours, with many basements flooding throughout the City and Northeast Ohio communities. In addition, flooding on I-90 was so severe yesterday that the State of Ohio shut down the highway through Lakewood for multiple hours because the roadway was completely unpassable, and the situation was life threatening. Our Fire and Police Departments have also worked heroically throughout the storm to protect our community. Our Fire Department performed multiple swift water rescues on I-90, saving multiple automobile passengers trapped in feet of water.
According to the National Weather Service, nearly four inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours in Lakewood during this storm. Our Public Works crews have been working around the clock since yesterday to assess and mitigate storm damage, addressing flooding, downed trees, and other damage to streets and properties.
For those who experienced flooding in your property and where water has not receded, please call our water / sewer department at (216) 529-1867 to inform us. Our staff will reach out to you at their earliest opportunity to assess the situation and to see what can be done to assist.
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