Shared from the 5/19/2018 Sandusky Register eEdition

LAKE ERIE SHORELINE

Roads flooded

High water closes many roads throughout region

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Register photo/JILLY BURNS

A wave crashes onto the Cedar Point Chaussee sending debris into the street Friday.

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Register photos/JILLY BURNS

Water overtakes Meigs Street Pier in Sandusky on Friday. Strong winds and high water levels caused flooding across the region.

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High water signs warn drivers on First Street in Sandusky.

SANDUSKY

Waves battered the shoreline Friday as the National Weather Service placed Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties in a lakeshore flood warning.

“Due to some stronger winds on Lake Erie, we are suspecting higher water to impact the shoreline of northwest Ohio,” said Zack Sefcovic, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

Cars traveling on First Street were met with high water at Widman Street and Nantucket Drive, with many turning around to avoid the danger while others “took the plunge.”

Places that stick out onto the lake are the most likely to be affected by the high water, but places like Huron and lower inland areas could also be impacted,” Sefcovic said.

“Just take precautions … It’s not a good day to be out on the lake,” Sefcovic said.

Waves crashed against the shoreline along the Cedar Point Road (Chaussee) in Sandusky. The Sandusky engineering department issued the following statement on Friday.

“Due to high water levels and strong winds coming out of the north, Cedar Point Road (Chaussee) is closed to all vehicular traffic from the 400 to 600 block area until further notice. Please plan your route around the closure, and we ask residents who reside in this area to use extreme caution when traveling the roadway. We will update the public when the roadway has been opened back up to vehicular traffic.”

In a Facebook post, the Cedar Point Marina announced the Marina Store and Famous Dave’s would be closed for the remainder of Friday because of the weather.

Port Clinton announced the Jefferson Street Pier and North Madison Street are closed and flooding, according to a Facebook post made Friday.

Video the Register obtained shows waves in Port Clinton being pushed onto the shore and flooding several streets. Watch the video at sanduskyregister.com.

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