Waters rising with more rain still in the forecast.
Heavy rainfall left water standing on roadways and chased some people from their homes Thursday.
In Canton Township, a flood warning remains in effect through the night for the North Industry area, where the Nimishillen Creek forced evacuations in a mobile park area.
Firefighters, using boats, helped residents escape their homes at South Haven mobile park in the 2800 block of Cleveland Avenue SE.
"We are currently using boats to evacuate people," Scott Johnson, public relations officer for the Canton Township Fire Department, said. "We are not making it mandatory at this point. But the people that want to leave, we are getting them out. We are taking people to our administration building. The (American) Red Cross is coming shortly. There are 20 households that are currently affect by the waters."
Johnson said the Nimishillen Creek - which rose above flood levels - continued to rise as of about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
"At the river gauge right now it looks like that river is at 13.4 feet. And that is above major flood stage. Major flood stage is at 12 feet." said Nick Greenawalt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Cleveland bureau.
Regular flood stage for the Nimishillen Creek is nine feet.
Many of the high-water situations were expected to recede Friday morning.
In other areas, high water closed Canton's Waterworks, Monument, Stadium Park, Mother Gooseland, Martindale, West, Westbrook and Arboretum parks. And in Louisville, esidents of the Gazebo Garden Apartments had to be evacuated as floodwaters rose along Constitution Avenue.
During the course of Thursday, the precipitation count was 2.04 inches in Stark County.
"The additional rainfall will exacerbate the flooding and increase the severity. Numerous road closures, basement flooding, and rising streams and creeks can be expected," the warning said. "The rainfall will steadily taper off this evening. At that time attention turns to the river flooding, which will likely be ongoing overnight."Also closed were Alpine Community Park in Plain Township and the Diamond Community Park west lot and recycling area due to rising water levels. The park is expected to reopen when water levels recede to a safer level.
In Massillon, the Tuscarawas River was predicted to crest more than 4 feet below flood stage, according to the weather service's Advance Hydrologic Prediction Service web page.
The temperature was expected to drop to 26 degrees tonight and rise on Friday to just 32 under partly sunny skies, the weather service said.
In Louisville, a man, three women and five small children, including an infant in a car seat, had to be rescued around 11 a.m. from their apartment building off Constitution Avenue.
"It wasn't that bad," Louisville Fire Chief Rod Bordner said. "It was about 10 inches deep. But the water's still rising."
But more people — and their cats — were still trapped..
Mark Boylan of Nimishillen Township ran past the firefighters and toward the buildings.
"My son's inside. I need to get him out," Boylan said.
Bordner and the handful of firefighters in boots and life-jackets stopped him, saying they were already working to get his son and anyone else out of the buildings.
His son, Cooper Boylan, and his girlfriend, Theresa Burwell, moved into the apartment with their two cats.
Mark Boylan pointed to his son's car, a blue Mazda 6 surrounded by water.
"He just picked it up yesterday," he said. "He's just paid for it."
He said his son had just called.
"He called and said, 'I'm screwed, Dad,' " Mark Boylan said.
As he waited, the chief looked up to see another man in a second-floor window in the other building. The chief yelled that his firefighters would greet him and his girlfriend at the door to help them through the water.
As they waded through the muddy water, Boylan watched his son drive his car through the water and onto a bridge spanning the creek.
As Boylan walked to meet his son, Bethany Branson, who has lived in the apartments for about 2 years with her 2 1/2-year-old son ran up. Branson told the chief that she needed to retrieve her cat. The chief told her that he couldn't let her back into the apartments.
The water was still rising.
"But what about my cat?" Branson asked.
Bordner assured her the feline would be fine. Most cats will climb onto higher furniture until the water recedes, he said.
Another resident, Jillian Smith, said she has been living in the apartments with her 2 1/2-year-old son and her grandmother. Her grandmother, 79, had fallen on Sunday and was in the hospital "or she would've been in there," Smith said.
One of the firefighters had driven her green 2015 Ford Fiesta through the water up onto the street.
Smith was at work and her son was at a babysitter's home nearby when the water began to rise.
"She texted me and said, 'You need to get home,' " Smith said. "I'm glad I did or I wouldn't have gotten my car out."
Then, surveying the damage, she said, "My renter's insurance won't cover this."
Staff Writer Malcolm Hall contributed to this story.
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