Thursday, April 15, 1999

County officials report on impact, response


Departments cite progress, costs

BY DAN KLEPAL
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A parade of Hamilton County's department heads presented reports to the Board of County Commissioners Wednesday, outlining their efforts during Friday's tornado.

        The twister, which began its devastating trek across Hamilton County just before 5 a.m. on Friday, claimed four lives.

        Among the presentations:

        • Hamilton County Board of Elections Director Bruce Taylor said his agency has yet to figure out which of its polling places will be available for the May 4 election. Likewise, Mr. Taylor said he wasn't sure how many of his poll workers were affected.

        “Those are the types of things we still need to get information on,” Mr. Taylor said.

        But he promised to have a place for everyone in the county to vote.

        “Even if we have to set up tents, people will have the ability to cast a ballot,” he said.

        • The twister cost Hamilton County Engineer William Brayshaw's department more than $275,000. About 60 percent of that cost has been in overtime, he said.

        “We've been working daylight to dusk, seven days a week,” Mr. Brayshaw said.

        • County Building Commissioner Tonia Edwards said her department has inspected 145 structures in Symmes and Sycamore townships, with 18 being condemned and 68 non-inhabitable.

        The county has waived inspection fees for all tornado victims.

        • Kathy Lordo, of the county's health district, said only 10 of the 157 restaurants affected by the tornado have not reopened.

       



8 tornado sirens didn't work
In-home warnings considered
Middletown hears call for sirens
Residents begin planning new homes
Academy makes room for 340 displaced students
Officially: 92 homes, 40 businesses destroyed
Restoration, demolition to begin
Road closings, curfews
How to help, get help
Mail service still disrupted
- County officials report on impact, response

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