Pump malfunction contributes to flooded Dayton street

Cars were stranded in downtown Dayton after the heavy rain

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) -“It has not been a stellar day.”

Jay Rutherford’s Saturday afternoon did not go as planned.
“I got caught in the water..that’s what happened,” said Rutherford.

He was driving to his office when he attempted to head down this downtown street.
“It looked like it was road.”Under the bridge I was sighting water and thought that’s just a little bit of water, so I hit the thing really hard and ahhh..i can’t believe what I did!”

He got stuck. His car wouldn’t go any further in the feet of water surrounding it.

“The illusion is that there’s no water right there approaching the bridge. Anyway, needless to say I feel kind of dumb but c’est la vie,” said Jay.

He wasn’t the only one who got stuck.

“We were coming through and as you can see back here there was some flooding and we didn’t realize how deep it was. I’m driving up to it and had no idea..when we hit it, it was suddenly uh oh, this is far deeper than what we thought,” said James Sayer.

While emergency crews helped evacuate cars, the city was trying to figure out why the road was retaining so much water.

“For me, I was a little panicked,” said Lisa Sayer.

You see, this area shouldn’t flood this much. The city has controls in place to divert any heavy rain to the river by using a holding well and pumps, but 2 NEWS found out one of the pumps in this area failed at the worst possible time.

“We had just checked it about two hours previously and it was working fine, and then when we went back after receiving the calls from the flooding the pump had just died. We were able to start it back up and it’s working properly,” said David Shade, a division manager with the Dayton Water Department.

Shade says everything is back up and running and they are keeping an eye on it. He said they don’t know why the pump stopped running.



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