By LISA DAVIS
The Geneva area was smacked with heavy rains that produced flood conditions late Thursday into Friday morning.
A number of roadways in the City of Geneva and Geneva Township were closed for several hours until flood waters receded.
Geneva Assistant City Manager Jennifer Brown said West Main Street by the railroad overpass was closed because of flooding, as was East Main, Woodlawn, and the intersection of Grant and Eastlawn streets.
Sections of North Avenue and Wheeler Creek Road in Geneva Township also also closed temporarily because of flood waters. A railroad underpass on Route 20 just outside the city limits was still closed late Friday afternoon because of flood waters.
"There was a lot of water," Brown said. "It was like what happened to Ashtabula on Saturday."
On Thursday evening a 13yearold boy had to be pulled from a rainswollen creek at Kiwanis Park by fire department personnel, she said. By Friday morning a majority of Kiwanis Park was under water.
"People need to stay away from the creeks," Brown said.
She also said if any resident smells natural gas or any suspicious odor to call the fire department.
Some residents of Eastwood Street ended up at the Geneva City Hall early Friday morning after the Geneva Fire Department evacuated them, said Geneva Fire Department Capt. Tim Parks. The flooding was bad and for safety reasons the residents were evacuated.
The fire department began responding to flood calls about 2:30 a.m. and havent quit yet, he said. Around 10 a.m., the department had received 46 calls concerning flooded basements and roadways.
The police and streets departments for Geneva also were busy assisting during the worse of the storm. Additional personnel were called in to assist.
"There was a lot of water," said Geneva Police Chief Dan Dudik.
As the water receded the city slowly began opening the closed roads, he said.
"Its pretty bad," said Geneva Township Road Supervisor Gordan Schupska.
After working six weeks to get Wheeler Creek Road ready for paving, the berm and about four driveways were washed out by the water, he said. The township road crew will be working over the weekend to cleanup.
Schupska wanted to thank Geneva Township Trustees Tim Mills and Bob Russell for helping the road department assess damage and answer complaints, he said.
GenevaontheLake did better this time around than on Saturday, said Victor Quinones, GenevaontheLake Wastewater Treatment Plant supervisor.
"We spent the day helping Geneva bail out," he said.
Because of the flooding and evacuation of some residents in Geneva the Ashtabula County Red Cross set up a receiving center (shelter) at Geneva City Hall.
"We got the call around 6 a.m.," said Mary Ellen Coneglio, executive director for the county Red Cross headquarters in Ashtabula. "Were not sure how long well be set up there."
The Red Cross also is opening a shelter at Edgewood Senior High School in Ashtabula Township for residents who need a place to stay because of flooding.
Because of the significant rainfall that hit northeast Ohio, Coneglio said the Northeast Chapter of the Red Cross for Lake, Ashtabula and parts of Cuyahoga counties are working together.
"We are assessing the damage and consider this a new flood to homes flooded again or for the first time," she said.
Red Cross from Ashtabula and Lake counties are working together in accepting donations. Combined between the two counties the cost of flood damage is more than $50,000 for just the flooding of Thursday and Friday, Coneglio said.
People affected by flooding should contact their insurance company whether they have flood insurance or not, contact the Ashtabula County Emergency Management Agency at 5769148, take photographs of damage and document everything. Residents also should begin the cleanup process, Coneglio said.
The Red Cross also is handing out cleanup kits that include a mop, broom, bucket and bleach to residents in Geneva. More than 200 kits were distributed after the July 22 flooding, she said.
Anyone who needs assistance, has questions or wants to make a donation can call the Red Cross office at 9981020.