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Northeast Ohio preps for floods as temperatures rise
Willoughby officials say they're preparing now with barricades and reverse 9-1-1
Story by AKILAH PORTER


 
Photo of Chagrin river flooding in January. The city of Willoughby sits on the river.
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Northeast Ohio is finally warming up after weeks of freezing temperatures, but another kind of hazardous weather remains a concern for many cities.

Willoughby is expecting floods in the next few days caused by mountains of melting snow and by thunderstorms. Willoughby Fire Chief Al Zwegat says the city is already preparing for what Mother Nature has in store.

LISTEN: Zwegat on how Willoughby is preparing for flooding.

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“Our service department has already loaded up all barricades, and things of that nature, on a trailer that they use to move the stuff around so that in the event we have the police close roads, that equipment could be deployed more readily so we can get the roads closed more quickly,” Zwegat said.

Zwegat says this isn’t the first time this year the city has experienced flooding. The same thing happened last month when the temperature got warmer after the Polar Vortex.

He says the city is warning residents to take precautions such as moving cars to higher ground.

The city also has a reverse 9-1-1 system to call residents about localized flooding and other threats.

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