March 2, 2018

Town hall for communities affected by flood, tornado set for Monday

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 2, 2018) — A town hall meeting for residents of ALL communities affected by the recent Ohio River flooding and tornado will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the gymnasium at Market Street School, 212 Market St., New Richmond. Officials will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Representatives from various local governments and non-profit organizations will be there, including the Greater Cincinnati American Red Cross (case management), the Clermont County Building Department (permits), the Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality (debris management), local zoning departments, Ohio Department of Insurance, and others.

In other flood-related news, Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization that specializes in disaster cleanup and recovery, will begin working in Clermont County on Saturday.

More information and tips for property owners who were affected by the flood and corresponding tornado:

Utilities: To start the process to get your utilities reconnected, make sure all floodwaters have receded from your home, including the basement. Follow the process outlined here.

Red Cross emergency assistance: Call hotline at 513.579.3048.

Cleaning, hygiene supplies:  Matthew 25 Ministries is distributing supplies at the First Baptist Church of New Richmond, 213 Western Ave. They are there daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Monday. Their partners include P&G, Tide Loads of Hope Laundry, and Cintas.

Do not drop off donations here.

Making donations: The Salvation Army is accepting donations at its six area drop-off locations, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. They are accepting clothing, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food. More information on website.

Financial donations: Financial donations can be made at Park National Bank locations. They should be made to the Ohio Valley Long Term Recovery Committee. They can also be made to reputable disaster relief organizations operating in the affected communities.

Assistance for low-income, elderly, disabled: The State of Ohio has made a limited amount of money available for qualifying disaster-related expenses to individuals who meet certain criteria. Read more here.

Household hazardous waste: The Office of Environmental Quality can provide you with a voucher for disposal. More information here.

Hazardous drums and tanks: If you see potentially hazardous fuel drums, propane tanks, etc., that have washed up on your property or other areas, please call 911 and let the dispatchers know where the items are.