CLEVELAND -- Preparations are being made in case Hurricane Sandy causes flooding in Northeast Ohio.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is putting extra personnel on duty at its 3 wastewater treatment plants, in anticipation of unusually high water levels.
"First and foremost, we want our customers to remain safe during this storm," said Julius Ciaccia, Executive Director, NEORSD. "It is not necessary to limit your household's water usage at this time."
Local homeowners Rich and Linda Gusky of LaGrange woke up to find a foot of water in their basement. Their sump pump was not able to keep up with the saturated ground all around them, caused by 3 straight days of continuous rain.
As the Lorain County couple surveyed the damage in their basement, Linda told WKYC other homeowners should take this as a warning and be prepared in case they are next.
"Get your stuff up off the basement floor," she advised. "We have most of ours on shelving units and tables because we've been through this before. We keep it all up."
Still, the Guskys lost thousands of dollars worth of furniture, including a pool table and upright freezer.
"If you drive up and down Route 301, all the farmland that's out there, all you see is lakes," Rich added. "It's not even land. It's puddles and puddles of water."
"It's pretty awful. I was walking in the yard a litttle bit and it's just like walking on a waterbed, but it's squirting out!"
Some roads and streets in Northeast Ohio are starting to puddle as well, with water rising especially in the curb lanes.