NORDONIA HILLS — Heavy rains caused some flooding in Macedonia Wednesday while lightning strikes plagued Northfield Center this week.
Macedonia Police Patrolman Brandon Heisler was on duty during heavy rains late Wednesday afternoon. He reported brief flooding on the entire length of Crow Drive in spots where the road dips on Valley View Road, south of Route 82, and on Route 82 in the Macedonia Commons Boulevard and Summer Road area, with waters estimated at 6 inches to a foot deep.
"It came down very fast and very heavy," said Heisler.
Heisler estimated that the flooding lasted about 30 minutes, with the water dissipating about 10 or 15 minutes after the rain stopped at around 5 p.m.
Heisler said flooding in those areas is not unusual during especially heavy rains.
"I think the problem was the amount of rain we got so quickly," he said.
Northfield Center Trustee Paul Buescher said the heavy rains that hit to the east in Macedonia spared the township from flooding, but a lightning strike near his home on West Highland Road by All Saints Cemetery caused some localized issues Tuesday.
"I fell victim to it myself. I had sparks coming from my hand when I went to turn the water off at the outside spigot when it hit," said Buescher, who was not seriously injured. "But every electronic device in my house is fried. I have no internet or anything. And my neighbors are all fried too."
Buescher said no one was reported injured, as far as he knows.
Township Trustee Rich Reville said there was a reported lightning strike in the township Wednesday that the Macedonia Fire Department responded to. He said he did not know the location, but there was no reported damage. Additional information from the fire department was not immediately available.
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