Tuesday, March 4, 1997
Suggestions for handling
high water

Before flood waters come:

Move valuables to a second floor.

Board up windows.

When floods come:

Evacuate. Flood waters rise quickly and can be unpredictable.

Do not drive when the water is over the road.

If your car stalls, abandon it.

Do not try to swim and do not cross waters above your knee.

Advice from CG&E

Cinergy/Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. officials estimate as many as 200 Tristate households were without electricity Monday, and another 2,000 customers were without gas service.

Here is what experts say should be done before flood waters arrive:

Turn off electricity by throwing the main breaker. If you are uncertain about the proper switch, call Cinergy/CG&E at 651-4182 and request a disconnect because of high water.

Gas appliances should be turned off at the valve for each appliance. If the valve cannot be located, call Cinergy/CG&E at 651-4466.

School closings

Clermont County: New Richmond Schools are closed today and Wednesday.

Hamilton County: Project Succeed Academy in East End.

Brown County: Ripley-Union-Lewis Schools are closed through Thursday.

Adams County: Ohio Valley Local Schools are closed today.

Places to park

Cinergy Field is surrounded by water, but parking will be open this morning.

The rising waters are expected to claim 2,000 parking spaces near the riverfront. Metro will run free shuttle buses from the Museum Center at Union Terminal, where 300 spaces will be open for commuters. The shuttles will run every five to 10 minutes from 7-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Beechmont Mall also agreed to open 400 spaces for commuters. Metro Route 81 will run routes from the mall.

Also, Metro Center will open at 5:30 a.m. today to take questions and help people with bus routes. Call 621-4455.

Travel tips

Information about road conditions, including weather, accidents and delays, is available via the Internet and phone.

Kentucky Road Report can be reached at (800) 459-7623 (4KY-ROAD). The World Wide Web site is http://www.kytc.state.ky.us

For information in Ohio, contact the Ohio Department of Transportation's District 8 in Lebanon (covering Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Greene, Hamilton, Preble and Warren counties) at (513) 932-3030, (513) 421-9320 or (800) 831-2142.

The World Wide Web site in Ohio is http://www.state.oh.us

Red Cross help

The Red Cross number for flood assistance is 579-3000 or (800) 255-7070. The Cincinnati Area chapter has a Web site with information. The address is http://www.redcross.org/oh/cincy. For details about donations, call (800) 435-7669.

As of Monday night, here are area shelters:

Hamilton County: Columbia Parkway YMCA at Delta and Columbia Parkway in Columbia Tusculum.

Clermont County: New Richmond High School, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond

Brown and Adams counties: Ripley-Union-Lewis High School, 1317 S. Second St., Ripley.

Campbell County, Ky.: Cold Spring Firehouse on U.S. 27, and the Plum Creek Christian Church on U.S. 27, just south of Grants Lick.

Pendleton County, Ky.: Pendleton County High School on U.S. 27 north of Falmouth.

Bracken County, Ky.: Bracken County High School in the old jailhouse next to the Bracken County Courthouse, Brooksville.

Carroll County, Ky.: National Guard Armory, Carrollton.

Owen County, Ky.: Methodist Church, Main Street, Owenton.

Source: Red Cross