West side deluged

Areas on the west end of Tiffin were underwater after a storm hit and dumped several inches of rain Monday.

Cones blocked the pumps at Kroger’s gas station, a PT Cruiser for sale sat surrounded by water and people were driving vehicles through water.

Marge Wilhelm, a resident of Northwood Drive, had 6-7 inches of water in her basement and said a company would be visiting her home today to dry furniture.

“It’s just this street that always gets flooded,” she said.

Her neighbor had put a PT Cruiser on the street to sell Monday morning, but once the rain fell, water surrounded the vehicle. The owner was able to drive back into the driveway.

Across the street, a fire hydrant nearly was covered by water. The water had receded Monday afternoon.

Dan and Dawn Iannantuono, residents of Northwood Drive, had three pumps running and did not get water in their residence. Dan said mulch was displaced, and said evidently, water went up to a brick wall located about 6 feet from their residence.

“It got that close. I want to stop it before I do (get damage),” he said.

Dan said a reservoir located at the end of Northwood Drive that is used for the mall parking lot is not deep enough.

Dawn, president of the condo association, said they moved into the residence in 1999, and Monday marked the third time they had witnessed flooding that severe.

“We have all new sewers out here,” she said. “There’s no excuse for this.”

Parking lots near West Market Street also experienced flooding.

Tom Zirger, sales manager at Coppus Motors, 2190 W. SR 18, said water was puddling due to blacktop being torn up, and the dealership moved about six cars from the west side of the lot as a precautionary measure.

“The water’s all gone already,” he said about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Zirger said there had been times in the past where if it had rained like it did Monday, the dealership would have had issues. It has new drains in place that caught the water, and the area drained pretty well for what happened, he said.

The dealership stayed open, Zirger said.

“(There was) just a lot of rain,” he said.

There was a foot to a foot and a half of water on Market Street west of Coppus Motors, Zirger said.

“Market Street was pretty much under water. It was thick and (deep) out there,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz and city department heads are to meet at 8:30 a.m. today to discuss flooding in and around the Westgate area. Montz said he knows what happened but wants to know why it happened and what can be done to prevent it.