The Cincinnati Enquirer
The first call came in Monday afternoon - a stranded dog, standing on something just under the surface on the East End's flooded Eastern Avenue.
Hamilton County SPCA workers rescued him in a small, flat-bottomed boat. Before long, the calls started pouring in.
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals canceled its dog-training classes to set up cages in its auditorium. The SPCA facility can hold 450 dogs and 200 cats ''comfortably,'' said Harold Dates, the SPCA's general manager.
The SPCA isn't charging for the flooded-out animals' stay. The shelter is also offering free pet food to pet owners whose chow is ruined.
If the SPCA hits its capacity, the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association has agreed to house animals ousted by the flood at its member veterinary clinics.
- John Johnston, Dana DiFilippo, Cam McWhirter.
For safety, view from afar
Flood-watching as a spectator sport has created a traffic headache, police say.
Covington police blamed gawking for a five-car crash Thursday morning on the northbound Brent Spence. There were no injuries.
Cincinnati Police Lt. Tim Schoch requested that sightseers use local parks like Mount Echo or Eden, the Carew Tower observation deck or the Cinergy Field plaza to check out the flood.
- John Eckberg, Kym Liebler
If you're a state-certified electrician, the City of Cincinnati wants you.
Before city residents can reoccupy homes and businesses in flooded areas, the properties will have to be checked out by city inspectors, said Bill Langevin, director of the city's buildings and inspections department.
The city's 60 building inspectors should be able to handle the structural inspections of flood-damaged properties, he said.
But the private firm the city has contracted with in the past to handle electrical inspections doesn't have enough inspectors to handle the flood work, he said.
''We need volunteer electricians to do the inspections,'' Mr. Langevin said. He asked volunteers to call his office, 352-3262.
Ohio Emergency Management officials advised residents returning to flood-damaged homes to look for loose power lines or gas leaks before entering their property.
Cinergy Corp. customers with questions about restoring gas or electric service should call either (513) 421-9500, or (800) 262-3000.
If you need an electrician, call the Greater Cincinnati Electrical Association at 731-4232 and leave your name, telephone number and ZIP code.
Bob Tiemann, executive director of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Cincinnati, 761-5110, said his office will provide state-certified heating and ventilating contractors.
- Mike Boyer
One number does it all
Flood-weary residents seeking disaster relief need to remember one number: (800) 462-9029.
The toll-free number (answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily) is the closest thing to one-stop shopping for emergency assistance in flood-ravaged counties across the Tristate. Callers who are speech- or hearing-impaired may call the TDD line at (800) 462-7585.
Have the following information when you call to speed processing of aid requests:
Your phone number.
Your address at the time of the disaster and where you are now staying.
Your Social Security number.
A general list of damages and losses you suffered.
Good directions to the damaged property.
Your insurance policy number, or the agent and company name, if insured.
General financial information.
- Adam Weintraub