For Immediate Release:
October 30, 2012
Severe Weather Operations Update From the Joint Information Center (JIC)
– Public Safety, Works and Utilities crews across NEO are working as much as
possible to clear debris from homes and buildings, clear downed trees and power lines, and
secure flooded areas in addition to responding to emergencies.
The city of Cleveland is continuing to face severe weather conditions and the impact of
Hurricane Sandy. Roads may be blocked by downed trees and power lines. Several traffic signals
are out. Please treat these intersections as a four-way stop. The public should use extreme
caution if they must be on the roads.
Here is a summary of what we have faced:
The Division of Fire responded to 1100 assignments, mostly weather-related hazard
assignments including downed power lines over the last 24-hours. 36 fire apparatus were
deployed and an additional 12 one-person crews were called up to assist with downed wires.
Police responded to 1400 assignments during that same time period. Shifts have extended
by four hours. The normal 10-hour workday is now 14 hours. We have at least 128
assignments pending as of 8 a.m.
Approximately 40 individuals are working traffic control– Traffic Controllers, Cleveland
Police District Officers and Community Service Officers.
WARN Wide Area Rapid Notification messages were sent to approximately 40,000
EMS handled 334 calls for service over the last 24-hours.
Urban Forestry received 160 reports of trees down overnight and that number is rising. The
majority of these are on the west side of the city. Eight crews are currently working with an
additional 13 crews being deployed. Blocked streets are the priority. This is complicated by
downed power lines. To report trees down, call 664-3104.
Cleveland Public Power is reporting 10,500 customers without power as of 7 a.m. today. 58
crews are working to restore power. The priorities are downed lines and transformers.
Service has been restored to nearly 7,000 customers since 3 a.m. However, ongoing weather
conditions are causing additional outages. Please call 664-3156 to report an outage.
Cleveland Water reports no impact to water service at this time.
Water Pollution Control reports flooding at Big Creek, Broadway & Turney, Memphis
&Fulton and Doan Brook. Flooding is predicted at Euclid Creek. We are also checking
known problem areas including underpasses and low-lying areas. To report flooding, call
Flight operations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have been suspended until at
least 3 p.m. today. The airlines may assume a limited schedule at that time. Route 237 is
closed due to flooding. Access to the airport is maintained via I-71.
Burke Lakefront Airport has sustained damage and is being assessed. There is currently no
air traffic at Burke.
Department of Public Safety
, Press Secretary
Mayor’s Office of Communications
216-664-4171 or 216-857-7998
Erica L. Creech
, Communications Planner
Cleveland Office of Emergency Management
rien, Public Information Officer