People have asked me, "How do you stay dry being outside with all this rain?" Fortunately, we have had only sprinkles when we are working with student programs at the park this summer.
Unfortunately, the ride home has been a different story. The July 3 storm brought high winds (60MPH) and heavy rain. The scarey part was when sparks were flying off the electrical wires. July 10th storm was one of a kind! After receiving severe storm warnings, I left the park 30 minutes early. Heavy rains hit on the turnpike heading east. Frost Road in Streetsboro had water over the road in low areas even though I was going uphill. Now, I received a text from both my daughter and husband telling me there is a tornado warning for Mantua! On Diagonal Road, a car was stalled in a low area with gushing brown, muddy water covering over 20 feet. I turned around and tried Bartlet Road, more water about 30 feet over the road. Next I tried, the other end of Frost which had gravel plus rushing brown water. By this time the rain had stopped but over 5 inches of rain had fallen in less than a hour! Pioneer trail had both ends underwater around me. Mennonite Road had a stalled car in the wash going west and water over the road going east. Finally I tried to get back on Diagonal heading north to Route 82. This area had a large 30 foot area underwater with branches floating in the water, mud, and rock debris. I watched smaller vehicles go through the rushing water before I attempted the drive. Going fast had waves of water above the windows of my SUV, but going slow felt like I was floating until finally the tires finally gripped road, Then Route 82 was under water. Finally Wayne Road had rushing water with pieces of asphalt broken in the water. It took me 90 minutes to get home!