(Akron) - On Wednesday afternoon, Akron experienced 3 to 4 inches of rain in a very short period of time. Along with the roadway flooding, the city received reports of nearly 200 flooded basements.

As a result of the severe weather, the Summit County Emergency Management Agency is conducting damage assessments for communities across the County and providing any needed assistance to those communities.

The hardest hit areas of yesterday’s severe storms were Coventry Township, Springfield Township, Copley Township and Barberton.

Also, the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties opened a shelter at its facility at 501 West Market Street in Akron. Emergency housing and food will be provided as needed to all who were forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the flooding.

The shelter will remain open until all individuals have found alternative accommodations or can return to their homes.

Akron is also permitting curb service customers to place damaged material on the curb strip where your normal trash is placed.

The City asks that customers who do so call 311 from a home phone or (330) 375-2311 from outside the City or from a cell phone to schedule a free pickup.

Pickups will occur on the customer’s normally scheduled pickup day.

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