Commissioners waive permit and inspection fees for properties impacted by tornado

BATAVIA — The Board of County Commissioners today voted to waive permit and inspection fees for properties directly impacted by the July 6 tornado in Goshen Township. They also declared a State of Emergency for the area. Commissioners  praised the efforts of those working to assist tornado victims.

Those needing assistance or wanting to volunteer or donate are encouraged to call 513-735-8500. Clermont County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is coordinating help, which will be needed long after the current situation is addressed. Keep an eye on Clermont County’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

County Emergency Director Pam Haverkos reported that the National Weather Service confirmed an EF 2 tornado in Goshen Township starting north of the
Huntly / Goshen Road intersection; Wind speed was at 130 mph. Length 2.5 miles at this point, but they anticipate that the length will be extended; 750 yards wide. The preliminary report from NWS can be found at

Here are some highlights from a 2:30 p.m. Emergency Management Agency report:

Damage in Miami Township on Branch Hill Guinea between Townscapes Drive and Jer Les was a microburst/straight line winds 90-100 mph.

Four injuries were reported: three in Goshen Township and one at Stonelick State Park in Wayne Township.

Mobile Home Communities  affected – Lake Shore Estates (1785 SR 28) and Faye Gardens Mobile Home Park (130 Holly Lane).

Overnight Security – Goshen Township PD and OSHP will patrol the impacted area overnight.

Feeding – The Red Cross Shelter will remain open overnight at Goshen High School; 9 individual utilized the shelter on 7/6/22.

Public Works/Debris Management – Debris staging area is located at 6778 Goshen Road. Goshen Township Service Department is currently taking woody debris from the right of way to this location. Residents who can, are encouraged to take their woody debris to BZAK’s on 931 Roundbottom Road in Milford 45150, which is a free service to Clermont County residents. Logs must be cut to more than 4 feet and no household garbage is allowed.

Goshen Township will be holding a clean-up event on Saturday (7/9) and Sunday (7/10) from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to assist residents with getting debris to the right away where it will be chipped.

Power Related Issues – 11,500 customers remain without power