WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – There was another round of heavy rain that came through parts of the Valley Wednesday afternoon. One neighborhood in Warren was hit hard with nearly 5 inches of rain in a short period of time.
Warren neighbors are now cleaning out their sewers after the large storm flooded the area and damaged many homes and buildings across the city.
Yards were underwater and flooding filled up multiple residents’ basements.
What started as a flowing stream turned into a pool of knee-deep water on Larchmont Avenue.
The parking lot of King Collision on North River Road was completely flooded.
Vehicles tried driving through the flooding but some got stuck in the middle and stalled.
“All three of them, it just continues to come up, come up. We’ve got a pump going and three people sweeping and mopping and it’s still coming up,” said Mike Gillespie, a Convenient Food Store employee.
The Convenient Food Store sits on the corner of Larchmont Avenue and Elm Road.
Gillespie and fellow employees cleaned up roughly 1 foot of water that overflowed from the store’s drain system.
Warren residents said they have never seen flooding this bad.
“The whole 18 years of my life I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen our roads this flooded… Even like, when we had those really bad thunderstorms last year, it was never this bad,” said resident Holly Anderson.
Mark Barta and his neighbor had water coming out of their basements. Barta’s was filled with water nearly to the ceiling, flooding his clothes dryer and damaging other house appliances.
“We can’t use the restroom, we can’t cool the house down now, we can’t take a hot shower now because all that stuff is off now,” Barta said.
Warren neighbors say they plan on attending a city council meeting on Sept. 8. Their reason? To address the flooding problem and find a solution.