February 23, 2018

Ohio River flooding update — Feb. 23

Update as of 3 p.m.

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS

A Unified Command Center is being set up at New Richmond Middle School on Bethel-New Richmond Road. It will be activated at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The Unified Command will be staffed by members of the New Richmond Police & Fire Departments; the Pierce Township Police & Fire Departments; Monroe Township Fire Department; Washington Township Fire Department; Franklin Township Fire Department; Clermont County Sheriff’s Office; Clermont County Emergency Management Agency; Clermont County Office of Public Information;  County Engineer’s Office; the Red Cross; ODOT; and Duke Energy.

RIVER PROJECTIONS
Currently, the Ohio River is expected to reach 59.4 ft. at the Cincinnati gauge and is expected to rise.

Link to @NationalWeatherService Wilmington’s hydrologist graphic: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=iln&gage=ccno1

UTILITIES
Duke Energy is working with local public safety officials to determine gas and electric shut-offs on a case-by-case basis.

EVACUATIONS
Local law enforcement officials determine whether a neighborhood or area should be evacuated.

SHELTER
The Greater Cincinnati Red Cross will open a shelter at New Richmond High School, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24.

PET SHELTER
Tri-State County Animal Response Team is preparing to open a pet shelter. More details will be coming.

PREPARING TO EVACUATE
See attached tip sheet. Follow official instructions, don’t drive or walk through standing water.

PIO CONTACTS:

New Richmond: Greg Roberts, Village Administrator, groberts@newrichmond.org; 513.553.4146 X15.

Clermont County: Kathleen Williams, kwilliams@clermontcountyohio.gov; 513.490.6520