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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

Cleveland seniors.

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

Andrea Taylor

, Press Secretary

Mayor’s Office of Communications

216-664-4171 or 216-857-7998

Erica L. Creech

, Communications Planner

Cleveland Office of Emergency Management

216-664-7082 or


John O’B

rien, Public Information Officer

Cuyahoga County

216-698-2099 or


Promueve la diversidad dentro de nuestra propia comunidad hispana en cualquier lugar de EE.UU. / Promote diversity even among our own Hispanic Community anywhere in the USA.
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