ELYRIA, Ohio (WJW) – Water overflows the falls east of the Black River in Elyria on Sunday, pushing the current water level and raising it further downstream.
“Normally if we get this much rain, that area would flood but I mean at this rate not really, you don’t see this every day,” said resident Douglas Linn.
The inflow of water kept first responders busy throughout the weekend. First in the northern area of Cascade Park. “This is an area that can only be accessed by pedestrians or bicycles.”
Lorain County Metro Park Manager Jim Ziemnik said a man rode his bike into the park that closed just before noon.
“And he rode down as if the dog was with him and he was swept into the river. Someone witnessed this guy clinging to a log. “
The dog was also caught in the current and rangers split up to search for both.
“Lo and behold one of our rangers said I saw him and indeed at that point he was able to get to the point where he could stand and he climbed out of the river by himself and went to our ranger.”
Emergency medical personnel then took over.
“They were interested in the guy and reported that they brought him home. He’s okay, obviously a little shaken. “
Still no sign of the dog.
“Most law enforcement here, our law enforcement and the communities of Lorain County are clear with all the flooding and other damage and you know the emergencies, for deal with that, I certainly can’t, unfortunately, spend a lot of time carcass the dog.”
Less than 10 minutes away on Greenville Road, Lorain County Sheriff’s representatives went to check on a mother and her son who are believed to be in a house surrounded by water.
“Whenever there is a flood warning for this branch of the Black River, it can be one of the first to flood,” said Kurt Blair, Assistant Superintendent of the Carlyle Town Fire Department.
The only way to find them is by boat. When they got home, it was empty and they were both supposed to be safe.
People who live in the area say they haven’t seen the Black River this high since 1969. “It’s probably at least six to eight feet higher. Linn said it was completely flooded all over the hillsides.
Ziemnik said the park system posts necessary signs in unsafe conditions and encourages people to respect them for everyone’s safety.
“They are curious. They want to come see and that’s fine, but keep a safe distance when climbing. ”
Ziemnik says they have no knowledge or record of having to perform a rescue there before because the majority of park visitors respect the warning signs.