OHIO RIVER FLOODING/STORM UPDATE
2 p.m. Feb. 25
A Unified Command Center has been set up at New Richmond Middle School on Bethel-New Richmond Road. The Unified Command is being 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.
The Ohio River is expected to rise to 60.7 (Cincinnati gauge) at about 7 p.m. Sunday. Link to @NationalWeatherService Wilmington’s hydrologist graphic: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=iln&gage=ccno1
Preliminary assessments indicate that than 70 structures in Clermont County have been impacted by flooding. These include properties in the Village of New Richmond, the Village of Neville, Monroe, Pierce and Ohio Townships.
High winds late Saturday night/early Sunday morning damaged properties and downed trees in the communities of Monroe Twp, Washington Twp, Franklin Twp, and the Village of Felicity. The National Weather Service is assessing damage to determine if caused by a tornado or straight-line winds. The Clermont County Building Inspection Department is inspecting structures.
Extensive flooding on Village streets. Gawkers are urged to stay away. Residents are evacuating as necessary.
Duke Energy is shutting off gas & electric to individual properties in New Richmond with guidance from the Fire Department. Residents who smell gas should call 800.634.4300.
The Greater Cincinnati Red Cross has opened a shelter at New Richmond High School, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road. Only service pets are accepted. Eight people stayed overnight on Saturday. It is continuing to operate.
Tri-State County Animal Response Team has opened a shelter at First Baptist Church of New Richmond Auxiliary Building, 1168 Bethel New Richmond Road). As of Sunday mid-day, four cats and one dog were being sheltered.
The Villages of New Richmond and Moscow, and Franklin Township, Pierce Township, Ohio Township, Monroe Township, and Washington Township have declared an emergency.
Gov. Kasich declared a state of emergency Saturday in multiple counties including Clermont.
CLERMONT TRANSPORTATION CONNECTION
The Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) Route 2X New Richmond Express service is canceled for Monday, Feb. 26, due to flooding in New Richmond.
People interested in donating or volunteering to help those who are being impacted by the flooding in New Richmond and other areas, a hotline has been set up. Call 513.735.8500 — leave your name & number and someone will get back to you.
New Richmond: Greg Roberts, Village Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org; 513.553.4146 X15.
Clermont County: Kathleen Williams, email@example.com; 513.490.6520