Damage assessments continue in Locust Lake subdivision

PIERCE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (March 1, 2017) – The Pierce Township Fire Department continues to canvass the Locust Lake subdivision as it assesses damage from the early morning tornado that swept through the neighborhood. No injuries were reported.

The Clermont County Building Department is also working to complete damage assessments.

The Greater Cincinnati Dayton Region of the American Red Cross has identified several families whose homes are not currently habitable. Those families will be put up in hotels or motels, said Lisa Herzog, Disaster Program manager. She said that anyone who needs emergency assistance for food, clothing or shelter can contact the Red Cross at its 24-hour phone line, 855-855-7727. A case worker will follow up with them.

The Fire Department has coordinated closely with Duke Energy as it responds. Fire Chief Craig Wright says that if anyone discovers additional hazards, they should call 911. “We urge all residents to be careful as they navigate debris, downed trees, and downed poles,” he said. At 10:30 a.m., Duke reported that about 11,000 customers in Clermont County did not have power. In a press release, Duke said it would have all power restored in Clermont County by 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service said earlier today that a tornado was responsible for the damage in both Pierce Township and Anderson Township, but it had not yet assigned a strength to it.