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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - Torrential rain forced the closing of several streets in the area known as the East End.

The downpour early Wednesday produced more than three inches of rain in about 90 minutes, and it was more than the local creeks could handle.

"One section of roadway probably about 500 feet was under about two feet of water. Manhole covers blew off on a number of roads. Water was shooting up a good two feet in several areas of town," says Service Safety Director Ryan Estell.

On Virginia Avenue, the water at one point was flowing over the top of a bridge. Neighbors say they've never seen that before.

Several homes and businesses in the east end were flooded. The A-1 Beverage Drive Thru was closed, but the surging water still forced it's way in.

"About two feet of water and mud ... a lot of silt from a creek that was across the street overflowed," says A-1 Beverage owner Cris DeSarro.

A tavern next door also had more than a foot of muddy water. DeSarro says customers, neighbors and friends were helping with the cleanup.

"People came in and started pitching in just trying to get everything back in shape and get back in operation," says DeSarro.

Homeowners were waiting for help to pump out flooded basements.

"Oh, mine has about four steps up deep in my basement and my neighbor across the street, her's is completely covered," says Don Weyand.

Gas and electric company crews were checking on the safety of homes with flooded basements.

The East Liverpool Motor Lodge is located just a few feet from a stream that overflowed, causing considerable damage.

Workers have placed sandbags at the back of the lodge to protect against any new flooding.

Residents in the east end neighborhood believe that part of the problem is storm drains that are blocked with leaves and other debris.

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