PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — Memorial Day weekend is starting off rough for residents and businesses in Northwest Ohio and the popular Lake Erie Islands.
The National Weather Service is advising all travelers to heed road closure signs and stay away from flooded beaches and docks.
In Put-in-Bay, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is closed for the remainder of the day Friday because the grounds are flooded.
Due to the wind, rain, and waves the grounds are flooded. The visitor center and all visitor services are closed for the remainder of the day. Stay safe out there. pic.twitter.com/OtYyigiJSG
— Perry’s Victory& IPM (@PerrysVIPM) May 28, 2021
At the Miller Ferry, co-owner Billy Market captured a video of severe flooding along the shoreline in Put-in-Bay. He told News 5 that the flooding near the ferry and dock is “pretty gnarly.”
Watch the video of the flooding he posted on Facebook below:
Miller Ferry experiencing flooding
In Port Clinton, streets and nearby docking areas of the Fisherman’s Wharf are flooded. Water can be seen raging by docked boats.
Click here to view the video.
An officer from the Port Clinton Police Department rescued a girl stranded in flooded water.
“Our Fire Department reports water as high as 40 (inches) near Perry’s Monument,” the department said.
Ferry rides and boat trips canceled
Strong winds have already prompted ferry services to cancel some of their trips.
The impacts are being felt east out as well. Due to the marine forecast, Sunset Harbor and Grille in Lake County is closed Friday and Saturday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Gale Warning for Lake Erie where waves are expected to reach 12 feet ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
For the Gale Warning, Northeast gales to 35 knots with gusts up to 45 knots and waves 7-12 feet are expected. The Gale Warning is in effect from Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday. Read more here.
A Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect for Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Erie counties.
A Beach Hazards Statement is in effect until Saturday for the entire Lake Erie lakeshore.
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