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Wires down, roads flooded during Monday’s heavy rainfall

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Monday morning’s heavy, steady downpour caused quite a headache for drivers as they navigated around high water and downed utility lines in Lucas County.

Rumbling and torrential rain showers for hours left Hill Avenue near Westwood waterlogged, drowning out not only the curb lane but nearly the entire roadway.

In an East Toledo neighborhood, the detour route around a road closure was even flooded.

"It's been pretty, pretty terrible,” says Justin Cousino, a frustrated driver.

Toledo police shut down Starr Avenue between Spring Grove Road and Belt Street because a wire was down handing in the middle of the street.

Neighbor Jim Roberts says he didn’t lose power when it fell around 8:30 a.m.

"The rain and the wind knocked it down. It's not a live wire. It's a telephone wire,” says Roberts. “And that's been flooding for the last three years."

Cars, as well as a semi truck avoiding Starr Avenue to make a delivery, had trouble getting through Spring Grove.

"Right up at the intersection, too … that floods really good up there. You can get about a foot of water up there at times,” says Cousino. "It all goes back to the water problem and everything else. The city's infrastructure is terrible. The storm sewers, the sanitary sewers, it all needs to be redone and water needs to be taken care of."

Nearby in Oregon, police put up half a dozen barricades around town asking drivers to avoid several high water areas until the sewer system could catch up.

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