Thursday, July 19, 2001

Storm notebook

Red Cross centers
        The Cincinnati Area American Red Cross is opening centers in Fairfax and Reading to offer assistance to flood victims.

        One is located in the Fairfax Municipal Building, 5903 Hawthorne Ave. The other will be in Reading, but an exact address had not been identified Wednesday. Call (513) 579-3000 for that location today.

        Help with food, clothing, shelter, counseling, emergency home repair costs and household furnishings will be available 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at both shelters today.

        The Fairfax center also will be opened Friday.

Bridge checks
        The Clermont County engineer's office is assessing the condition of 392 bridges in the county following Tuesday night's storms.

        Ten roads and some bridges were closed for much of the day. County and Ohio Department of Transportation crews were using snow plows on trucks to clear the debris from roadways.

        The county's Department of Public Safety Services reported 270 emergency calls dispatched since 10 p.m. Tuesday — including 13 rescue details involving vehicles and homes, seven structures hit by lightning and four structure fires.

        There is no estimate yet of the damage in the county.

Sewer plant closes
        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — Flash flooding from Sycamore Creek forced the Metropolitan Sewer District's Sycamore Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to shut down shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

        Residents are advised to avoid contact with creek water near the plant at 9273 Old Remington Road, Symmes Township, because of the potential for raw sewage in the creek.

        Sewer district officials said they will make an announcement when the treatment plant in back online.

The Beach reopens
        MASON — Torrential rains forced The Beach Waterpark to close Wednesday for clean-up because of flooding and mudslides.

        The park will resume normal hours today (10 a.m.-9 p.m.).

        “We sit in a valley of 35 acres, so when it pours as heavily as it did yesterday, sand and mulch run off into the pools,” said Brooks Jordan, director of marketing. “It creates a heck of a mess.”

        Across Interstate 71, Paramount's Kings Island opened its water park one hour late so pools could be cleared of mulch, said Dave Mandt, spokesman..

Exam station closes
        SHARONVILLE — The driver exam station at 11177 Reading Road in Sharonville is closed until further notice because of flood damage.

        Individuals who had driving tests scheduled for the Sharonville location should call the Hamilton driver exam station at (513) 893-8361 to reschedule their road tests. These tests will be scheduled at the three remaining exam stations still open.

Heritage Village hit
        SHARONVILLE — The storm washed out the road in Heritage Village in Sharon Woods and ravaged the landscaping, a park official said.

        The basement of Hayner House, which houses the main administrative offices of the facility, filled with water. Damage to the antiques and equipment stored there was extensive.

        Volunteers are needed to help restore the road through the village and clean up the grounds: Bring your own equipment and come to the 11450 Lebanon Road park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today.

Classes canceled
        SPRINGDALE — Heritage Hill Elementary, 11961 Chesterdale Road, Springdale, has canceled summer school classes for the rest of the week because of flooding.

        Enquirer staffers Cindy Kranz, Lew Moores, Jim Hannah and Elaine Trumpey contributed to this report.


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