North Canton area recovering after intense rain, hail storm

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NORTH CANTON – Portions of the city were inundated with water Saturday evening during an rainfall so intense that municipal safety forces were sent out to provide security.

"Cars were stranded and roads were covered (with water)," city Councilman David Metheney said. "It was a pretty nasty storm, a very devastating storm last night."

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Much of the noticeable effects were in the northeast portion of North Canton, some of which is in the Second Ward represented by Metheney. The Sanctuary Golf Club in the 2000 block of Applegrove Street NW took on a significant amount of water.

"There was some in Plain Township, too," said Tim Warstler of the Stark County Emergency Management Agency. "The reports say there was at least one basement wall that collapsed. If the water is coming downhill real fast, it can take out the basement wall. It was heavy, heavy rain."

The storm, which included some hail, hit the North Canton area about 6:30 p.m. Saturday and persisted for more than an hour.

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"We had some small single-cell storms crop up," said meteorologist Salix Iverson of the regional National Weather Service Bureau in Cleveland.

More than half an inch of precipitation was recorded during the Saturday evening storm. And more precipitation appears on the way.

"Our highest possibility will be Monday morning," Iverson said. "I can see some lingering into Monday afternoon.The threat for hail and heavier rain is lower than it was yesterday (Saturday). Some of the situations were dangerous."

The flooding that occurred Saturday likely was from the precipitation rather than any overflowing creeks, such as the West Branch of Nimishillen Creek, according to Iverson.

There was "property damage," Lt. Doug Cardwell of the city Police Department said. "A lot of houses took water on in the basement. Downtown, we had flooding. In all quadrants we had storm damage and flooding, trees and power lines down."

City safety forces provided emergency assistance by tending to down electrical lines or by barricading some streets. There were no reported injuries resulting from the flooding.

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This article originally appeared on The Repository: North Canton hit with storm flooding Saturday evening