BATAVIA, Ohio (Jan. 8, 2019) – The public is invited to participate in the process of updating Clermont County’s All-Hazards Mitigation Plan by attending a meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Pierce Township Administration Building, 950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245.
It’s necessary to update the plan every five years so that Clermont County and participating communities can remain eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs.
The purpose of the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan is to:
Public attendance is requested to provide feedback on suggested actions towards mitigating potential hazards. This will be the second public meeting.
For more information: https://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov/mitigation-plan/
BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 5, 2018) – The Clermont County Department of Public Safety Services is continuing to investigate what may have caused outdoor warning sirens to sound in Clermont County on Nov. 3 and Oct. 24. On both days, about half the sirens in the county went off at about the same time, 10:30 a.m.
Sirens in Clermont County are used in very limited circumstances, including when:
The sirens are tested once a month, at noon on the first Wednesday of the month.
Clermont County has 74 sirens. They are located throughout the county to ensure that residents can hear them when they are outside.
The sirens consist of reconditioned civil defense sirens, which receive a VHF signal for activation. The remainder are activated by a VHF/FSK signal (Frequency-Shift Keying) technology from the 1990s.
Twice now the FSK sirens have been activated without human intervention. Investigations so far have not detected a cause for this random activation.
After the activation on Saturday, a manual cutoff circuit was placed between the transmitter and the phone lines to prevent the signal from reaching the sirens. The sirens can still be manually activated if the need arises, said John Kiskaden, Director of Public Safety Services.
American Signal, the manufacturer of the transmitter, is working with Clermont County to determine whether the transmitter is the issue and recommend solutions to resolve the random activation of the VHF/FSK sirens.
“We understand the frustrations and confusion of our residents and we will find out why this is happening and do our best to ensure it does not happen again,” said Ed Humphrey, President of the Board of County Commissioners.
“Inadvertent alarms are very concerning,” said Commissioner David Painter. “We will verify and reverify this system until we find out why this happened.”
“Although residents are understandably confused by these false alarms, they should not ignore sirens,” said Pam Haverkos, Director of the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency. “If the sirens sound, seek shelter, tune into local media outlets for additional information, and take the appropriate action.”
Residents are also encouraged to have multiple means of receiving weather-related alerts and warnings. For more information go to: https://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov/emergency-notification/
For more information on warning sirens, go to https://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov/outdoor-weather-sirens.
BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 1, 2018) – Clermont County is in the process of updating its All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which must be updated every five years in order for the county and participating communities to remain eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs.
The public is invited to participate in this process. A public meeting will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Clermont County Engineer’s Office, 2381 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia.
The purpose of the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan is to:
Additional opportunities will be available for public and community participation. See the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency webpage and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the planning process.
BATAVIA, Ohio – The Clermont County Emergency Agency was notified on July 25 that Gov. John Kasich approved the implementation of the State Disaster Relief Program (SDRP) for local government agencies in Clermont County impacted by the Ohio River flood and tornado that occurred this past February.
These jurisdictions have the potential to be reimbursed up to an estimated $943,000. Each eligible agency must submit a letter of intent to apply to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, which is coordinating this effort, by Aug. 24. The Ohio EMA will then get funding approval from the State Controlling Board, which meets on Sept. 10, before distributing any funds.
These expenses represent local government outlays during the flood and tornado, including debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly-owned facilities. This funding is available to the local political subdivisions and non-profit organizations that participated in the damage assessment process.
The jurisdictions and potential reimbursement amounts are:
Batavia Township $104,000
Clermont County Engineer $266,139.63
Clermont County Sheriff $9,237.95
Washington Township $58,719.40
Village of New Richmond $124,811.80
Clermont County Commissioners $11,351.34
Franklin Township $246,277.44
Monroe Township $18,081.46
Pierce Township $44,601.78
Village of Moscow $30,000
Clermont Municipal Court $5,089
Clermont County Park District $3,500
Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District $21,000
Countywide Total $942,809.80
Previously, these Clermont County jurisdictions had submitted an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster relief through its Public Assistance Program. FEMA denied certain expenses that it considered ineligible as FEMA was unable to determine that the damage was caused specifically during the February storms.
Under the SDRP, the state will reimburse 75% of eligible expenses. Each government agency will be responsible for the balance of the expenses.
BATAVIA, Ohio (March 12, 2018) – The Clermont County Building Inspection Department completed estimates of structural damage caused by the Ohio River flood of late February and the Feb. 24 tornado that struck a portion of the county.
The Building Inspection Department found through its field assessments that a total of 354 structures had been affected by the flood waters. The Village of New Richmond had the most buildings damaged, 175. One building in the county was declared destroyed in the flood, and that was in New Richmond, while 13 were found to have major damage.
The report estimated that the total dollar loss from the floods was $772,642, based on a total building value of $23.4 million. Building valuations are provided by the Auditor’s Office, according to Building Inspection Department Director Carl Lamping.
“If the building is found to have 10% damage, then the dollar loss is considered to be 10% of the total value as determined by the Auditor,” Lamping said.
For the tornado, the Building Inspection Department found that a total of 46 structures were damaged, for a total dollar loss of $74,800 based on the total building value of $2.1 million. Seven structures were found to have major damage.
Lamping said that enforcement of building codes and regulations to reduce flood damage by local jurisdictions, and the property owners’ efforts to maintain existing structures, “have had a very positive effect on reducing the damages caused by these types of natural events.” He said that damage was not as significant as might have been expected because more buildings have been kept up to code.
Flood damage estimates:
Wind damage estimates:
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.
Clermont County, March 3-9, 2018 – Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, has launched Operation Delta Queen to support residents of Clermont County following the recent flooding.
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to communities affected by disaster.
Team Rubicon will be conducting a Type 5 response in Clermont County to assist with ongoing flooding response and recovery efforts. The response is expected to last six days with about 20 volunteers coming to help out.
Team Rubicon’s volunteers will provide damage assessments and muck out to affected communities in coordination with local and state authorities.
Team Rubicon performs its services at no cost to those affected, thanks to the generosity of donors.
U.S. Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty founded the nonprofit in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake. It has grown from eight to over 65,000 volunteers with over 225 operations under its belt.
About Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.TeamRubiconUSA.org.
BATAVIA, Ohio (Feb. 28, 2018) – Clermont County Commissioners today approved a waiver of building permit fees relating to the reoccupancy of buildings and structures impacted by the recent severe storms and flooding the county has experienced. Fees will be waived through March 16.
Commissioner David Painter and New Richmond Village Administrator Greg Roberts held a news conference today (Feb. 28) to brief the media and the public on flood recovery operations and available help for residents in the impacted communities.
“We want all the residents of Clermont County whose lives have been affected by this flood and corresponding tornado to know that we are working hard on their behalf,” Painter said. “We will make sure they get the help that they need.”
A town hall meeting for residents of ALL communities affected by the flooding 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.
Other points covered by Painter and Roberts:
PROPERTY DAMAGE: The county building department is assessing damage.
Today the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution to waive building inspection permit fees relating to the reoccupation of buildings affected by the flooding. But you WILL need an inspection and permit related to the reoccupation of the evacuated buildings and structures.
UTLITIES: To get your utilities reconnected, first make sure ALL floodwaters have receded, including from your basement. Then, clean your mechanical & electrical devices. After that, call the Building Department at 513.732.7213. They will take your application and start the process.
PERSONAL NEEDS ASSISTANCE: Anyone in affected areas with personal unmet needs should contact American Red Cross flood hotline at 513.579.3048.
DONATION DISTRIBUTION: A donation distribution site is set up at First Baptist Church of New Richmond, 213 Western Ave.
Matthew 25 Ministries will be there daily 9-6 through Monday. They are distributing cleaning supplies and hygiene supplies. Their partners include P&G, Tide, and Cintas.
Tide Loads of Hope Laundry trailer is on site to help with laundry needs.
Lowes is distributing cleaning supplies and water in the Village of New Richmond.
Please do NOT drop off supplies here.
DONATIONS: Salvation Army is accepting donations at its 6 area drop-off locations. Those locations are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. They are accepting clothing, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food.
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.
VOLUNTEERS: Any organization or individual who wants to volunteer should call the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency at 513-735-8500. Your information will be taken and we will be getting back to you.
The need for an organized Volunteer Cleanup Day is being assessed and more information will be forthcoming.
Information will be released soon on debris pickup and hazardous material collections.
3:45 p.m. Feb. 26
The Clermont County Building Inspection Department has completed damage assessments in the communities impacted by the EF1 tornado that came through early Sunday. Those communities include Monroe Township, Washington Township, Franklin Township, and the Village of Felicity. The Building Department will provide a final number of structures impacted and estimated total value.
As the Ohio River recedes, the Building Department will be assessing the impact to homes and businesses in the Village of New Richmond, the Village of Neville, Monroe, Pierce and Ohio Townships.
The county and affected communities are transitioning into the recovery phase and will be coordinating debris-management efforts and long-term recovery activities in conjunction with faith-based and non-profit disaster relief agencies.
Roads: Road crews from ODOT, Clermont County Engineer’s Office, and local road and service departments will be cleaning up roads and rights-of-way impacted by flooding. Drivers must obey road closed signs, or face fines.
Property cleanup: The Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the local public safety agencies will be coordinating with disaster relief organizations that specialize mucking-out and disaster recovery. More detailed information will be provided soon.
The Ohio River is at 59.2 feet at 2 p.m. Monday (Cincinnati gauge) and is continuing to fall. National Weather Service’s hydrograph: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=iln&gage=ccno1
An EF-1 tornado touched down early Sunday morning near Felicity. It began along Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road. A second tornado also went into Brown County.
New Richmond is allowing residents and business owners to re-enter at their own risk. The water barricades are being moved back to provide a buffer from the water. Please refrain from driving on flooded roadways.
Duke Energy is working with local building officials on power restoration.
The Greater Cincinnati Red Cross at New Richmond High School will continue to operate. 14 people stayed overnight on Sunday.
Tri-State County Animal Response Team continues to operate a shelter at First Baptist Church of New Richmond Auxiliary Building, 1168 Bethel New Richmond Road.
The Villages of New Richmond and Moscow, and Franklin Township, Pierce Township, Ohio Township, Monroe Township, and Washington Township have declared an emergency. Clermont County has declared a state of emergency.
Gov. Kasich declared a state of emergency Saturday for multiple counties including Clermont.
People interested in donating or volunteering to help those that have been affected by the flooding should call 513.735.8500. At this time, we are taking information and will follow up when we are at the point that we can utilize the donations/volunteers.
CONTRACTORS – BUYER BEWARE
Property owners are urged to be very careful before they hire a contractor. Contractors should be registered with the Secretary of State. They should be bonded and insured. Do not pay cash. Make sure you get a written estimate. Check the websites of the Ohio Attorney General and Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints. Other tips here.
See attached http://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov/announcements/
New Richmond: Greg Roberts, Village Administrator, email@example.com; 513.553.4146 X15.
Clermont County: Kathleen Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org; 513.490.6520
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, email@example.com; 513.553.4146 X15.
Clermont County: Kathleen Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org; 513.490.6520