Sandy Rolls Through Kent

High water floods low-lying areas.

Hurricane Sandy was a feisty girl, leaving a lot of rain in the Kent area last week.  Sandy's rainfall, when added to the storm that joined her from the west, totalled over 4.5" in my yard north of Kent, with most falling in the days before November.* 

The Cuyahoga River swelled in the area, resulting in a closed Ravenna Road by the Akron Water Treatment Plant for several days.  Water approached riverside homes in River Bend Estates, leaving a tree house and bird feeder far out of reach.  It was not until this past Saturday that water began receding in the river.  Although swollen by Sandy last week, I've seen the river two feet higher at the Akron Water plant in past years.

*I voluntarily monitor daily precipitation for COCORAHS, a nationwide group that makes precipitation data available to scientists, insurance companies, the National Weather Service, and more.

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Matt Fredmonsky November 05, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I wish the Cuyahoga got that high during the summer. I'd love to throw my kayak in there, but it's so cold!
Brad Bolton November 12, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Matt, you may have seen the Medina kayak group in the river downtown in the winter. They wear wet suits and play in the waves for quite awhile on some weekends. Looks cold to me, but they don't complain.
Matt Fredmonsky November 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I've actually never seen anyone in the river during the winter. I might consider it, if I get some cold-weather boating gear. I'll have to look them up, as I've been looking for a local kayak club to join.


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