Norwalk residents in the area of Spring Street and Bouscay Avenue were without power starting about 7 p.m. Monday, police said.
Ohio Edison has reported there are more than 1 million people without power, Norwalk Police Dispatcher Tacy Bond said.
“They have no idea when it will be back on,” added Bond, who had been fielding weather-related calls Tuesday morning.
Water was over the road at the intersection of Washington and Hester streets Tuesday morning. Bond said at the intersection of Marshall and League streets it appears the asphalt was beginning to drop, creating an apparent sink hole.
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The water at the Norwalk reservoir was going over the spillway. However, Bond said she hadn’t heard any word of it flooding.
As of about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, the water level in Norwalk creeks was at 52 inches. With the banks at 58 inches, Bond said police expected the water to be over the banks as of mid-morning Tuesday.
“The creeks are going to start flooding here soon,” she said.
The Huron County Sheriff’s Office received a report of downed telephone wires on Young Road west of Prairie Road near Bellevue on Monday night.
“We had a billboard blown down outside of Bellevue,” Capt. Ted Patrick said.
Ridgefield Township trustees closed South Norwalk Road because of rising water. A caller reported water was across the 2000 block of Peru Center Road in Greenfield Township and needed a sign.
Patrick said there was “significant flooding — all throughout the county, actually.”
“We’ve handled several accidents,” said Patrick, who assumed the crashes were weather-related.
No injuries were reported in the single-vehicle accidents.
Dispatchers received several reports of trees across roads Monday night. Those incidents were on: Hartland Center Road just north of U.S. 20; Walnut Road near Maple Ridge Road in Greenfield Township; Troy Mills Road in Peru Township; Maple Ridge Road east of Peru Center Road in Greenfield Township; and Washington Road just west of Drake Road.
Patrick said dispatchers and deputies were called in for overtime Tuesday to “handle the influx of calls.”
Erie County issues
In Erie County, utility poles were down on U.S. 6 near Poorman Road in Vermilion Township and Sprowl Road in Huron Township. Downed trees were on wires on Portland Road in Groton Township.
Flooding closed Florence Wakeman, and Burr roads in Florence Township and Nash Road near Bellamy Road.
A tree went through the roof of a Norwalk Avenue residence in Berlin Township.
“That house obviously sustained some significant damage,” Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.
The sheriff’s office itself lost power about 12:30 a.m. Monday. Sigsworth said the office was on generator power until the electricity returned about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, but it didn’t impact 9-1-1 calls or any other service.
“There was a minor outage,” he said.
Due to the lighting and security issues related to being on generator power, morning visitation at the Erie County Jail was canceled.
“Afternoon (visitation) will go on as long as we have power,” Sigsworth said.
“We’re hoping we’re getting to the end of it,” the sheriff said about weather issues.