AURORA -- The city of Aurora has weathered the recent rains fairly well, according to Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin.

"We have been OK with respect to roads and infrastructure," she said. "We've had some backyards that have flooded."

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kosarik, rain has been 35 percent above normal since the beginning of April. "Normal is 4 to 4.5 inches," he said.

As of May 5, he said an observer in Streetsboro, the nearest weather observation point, reported 6.49 inches of rain since April 1. "We're getting lots of days with rain, and some days with heavy rain," he said.

The weather service also reported rainfall since the beginning of the year has been about 16 inches in the Cleveland area and 19 inches in the Akron area, up from the normal 11 inches.

Womer Benjamin said the biggest disruption to the community has come from rainouts of high school and youth baseball and softball games.

According to Aurora High's master schedule, 14 regularly scheduled varsity softball games and 11 varsity baseball games have been called off and not made up this spring. Junior varsity baseball and softball contests, and freshman baseball also have been adversely affected.

"I do know that parks and recreation has been working hard on the few nice days to try to dry out the fields and regroom them," Womer Benjamin said. "They've been able to have some games over the past two weeks, but some have also been canceled."

According to the city schedule, games in the adult coed league were canceled one week out of three so far, while two of three weeks in the Friday men's league were the victims of wet grounds.

The mayor said the city maintains 14 ballfields, plus some fields for the school district. The parks and recreation and service departments mow for the city, with extra help from contractor Bob Cultrona Landscaping.

In addition to mowing duties, the service department also has been monitoring and maintaining some of the city's stormwater management systems, checking catch basics and drains, and when necessary, clearing them of debris, so waterways remain clear.

In addition, Womer Benjamin said the department also monitors the Chagrin River, which passed underneath Routes 82 and 306. "We have to monitor that infrastructure during any heavy rain," she said.

Based on history, Kosarik said the area may be in for more wet weather. "A lot of times, realistically, people don't expect a lot of good weather until after Memorial Day," he said.


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