VALLEY VIEW -- Unusual fall floods brought by Superstorm Sandy are finally receding in Valley View.
The Cuyahoga River, which crested at nearly 21 feet midday on Tuesday, was down to just under 19 feet by late afternoon and continuing to recede. The crest was the highest the in the autumn months since 1979.
Parts of Canal Road just north of Granger remained closed Tuesday evening due to high water. Many businesses along Canal were closed because they were inaccessible.
Rich Ward, who owns A-1 Complete Repair on Old Granger Road, came into work Tuesday morning to find his shop flooded. After he locked up, he had to rescue a woman who had tried to drive her car through hood-high water.
"When it gets over the hood of your car, your car can't breathe and you're stalled and stuck in the water," Ward told WKYC. "I literally had to climb out into almost three foot of water in the street and pulled her out."
As for trying to drive through high water in Valley View, the veteran of three past floods had wise advice.
"Just don't do it," he offered. "It's not safe. You always hear, don't drown, turn around. That's serious if you get to the point someone can't reach you. Fortunately I was in a big enough truck to get there to her."