CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for those impacted by flash floods that hit the area Sunday evening.
The shelter is located at the Red Cross headquarters at 2111 Dana Avenue.
"If someone doesn't have housing, their home is uninhabitable, because of a sewer backup or rainwater coming in, they can come here and they'll have a dry place to sleep," Trish Smitson with the Red Cross said.
Normally the Red Cross takes their relief efforts on the road but when flash floods hit their part of town they opened their doors to welcome in those in need of assistance.
"This is the day that people don't quite know what they're going to do. They're trying to make those plans and we want to try to help them get their feet on the ground," Smitson said.
Many times the Red Cross will set up their shelter locations away from their office but it just couldn't happen here after storms washed out their other options.
"We have shelter agreements with places all over the community so when we reached out, started reaching out to some of those locations today, many of them are impacted by the rain and said 'we're dealing with trying to clean up our space and so we really just can't accommodate having folks come in," Smitson said.
Flash flooding and power outages forced several schools to shut down Monday.
The storm and rain that dumped 2-4.4 inches across the hardest hit neighborhoods turned some roads and highways into waterways, submerging cars and flooding homes.
Columbia Parkway closed for several hours overnight between Torrence Parkway and Delta Avenue. Cincinnati police said it reopened just before 6:30 a.m.
Sunday's flash flood emergency - the highest level the National Weather Service can issue - came amid numerous reports of flooded roads and home between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Less than an inch to over 4 inches of rain were recorded during those four hours, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The official total for our region at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is less than an inch, or .82.
But other areas were hit hard.
Norwood, where 4.4 of rain gushed up, was one of the worst.
More than 25 vehicles were submerged in rising water and stuck on westbound Norwood Lateral near Montgomery Road.
The highway was shut down more than two hours before clearing late Sunday.
More than 1,000 Duke Energy customers remain without power this morning. Most of the outages, under 800, are in Norwood, according to the utility's website.
Four utility poles were downed during the storms in Norwood neighborhoods near Williams and Floral avenues, Duke Energy crews said.
Residents in the area said they heard a loud crack of thunder about 7 p.m. Sunday - and then the power went out.
Duke crews said they expect to remain in the neighborhood for a while Monday morning.
No rainfall totals were available specifically for St. Bernard or Mt. Lookout, but roads flooded there, too.
Northern Kentucky's Wilder recorded 3.09 inches; 2.93 Elsmere; 2.52 Amberley Village; 2.34 Cherry Grove and 2.25 Fairfax.
The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati had a high call volume from hundreds of residents reporting flooding problems.
Residents are urged to call the hotline at 513-352-4900 and to avoid going in their basement or other low lying areas susceptible to flooding.
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