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Akron, Ohio

Severe Storm Update

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 05-13-2014

 

            Akron, Ohio (May 13, 2014) –  Due to the severe storm occurring last evening and in the early hours this morning, as of 11:30 a.m., the Summit County Engineer’s Office reported the following road closures:

            Revere Road just North of Bath Road

            Shaw Road between Rolling Meadows and North Hametown Road

            Valley View Road at the Cuyahoga County Line

            Southern Road at Everett Road

            Columbia Road at Riverview Road

            Riverview Road at the Cuyahoga Falls border, heading North

            Although roads may be open, crews are working to clear debris and sweep streets, so motorists are urged to use caution when navigating throughout the County and City.  Roads may be also be slick.

            Also being addressed with clean-up efforts and assessments are the following areas within the City of Akron:

Sweeping/Clean-up:

                The Valley -Riverview, Smith, Portage Path, Merriman, Cuyahoga St. (several days of work)

               Cuyahoga Street from Sackett to Uhler (road closed)

               Riverview Road at Smith Road (short term closure due to high water)

               Bath Road East of Akron Peninsula (short term closure due to debris)

               Letchworth is closed at Palisades due to large tree blocking road

               Sand Run Parkway

               Treaty Line Road at Merriman is closed (MetroParks doing work)

   Waterloo Road

                North St.

                Weathervane Parking lot

                Portage Trail

                Cuyahoga St. (possible severe washouts that we may need a contractor to reopen)

Tree(s) removal at:

                40” on Palisades (traffic and safety can get around)

                Big Falls

                Howard Street

                Bath Road at Akron Peninsula

Possible Washouts are reported at:

               Rocky Hollow in Merriman Woods (staff going out to assess)

               Brooklands (staff going out to assess)

            As previously reported, the Akron area was deluged with 3- 4 inches of rain in the hardest hit area, and 1-2 inches in the majority of Akron, throughout the evening of May 12 and early morning hours of May 13.  Flooding occurred causing the closings of roadways and power outages.  Along with the roadway flooding, the City received reports of 70 flooded basements.

            As a result of the severe weather, the Summit County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) activated the Emergency Operation Center Monday night and it is currently activated to provide information and help to area entities.  The EMA is continuing to conduct damage assessments for communities across the County and provide any needed assistance to those communities.  The hardest hit areas of yesterday’s severe storms appear to be located in Bath Township and Cuyahoga Falls.

            The Summit County Public Health’s Graham Road location will remain closed indefinitely due to flooding.  The main number also has been affected; to contact Summit County Public Health please call 330-375-2772.

            Residents experiencing flooding and concerns about clean-up and mold, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Website (www.epa.gov ) provides these tips for flood clean-up and mold and mildew elimination:

  • Stop the source of leak or flooding.
  • Remove excess water with mops or wet vacuum.
  • Whenever possible, move wet items to a dry and well ventilated area or outside to expedite drying. Move rugs and pull up areas of wet carpet as soon as possible.
  • Open closet and cabinet doors and move furniture away from walls to increase circulation.
  • Run portable fans to increase air circulation. Do NOT use the home's central blower if flooding has occurred in it or in any of the ducts.
  • Run dehumidifiers and window air conditioners to lower humidity.
  • If water has soaked inside the walls, it may be necessary to open wall cavities, remove baseboards, and/or pry open wall paneling.
  • Spraying with a household disinfectant on fungi and mold will not remove the organisms and can exacerbate breathing problems.
  • Provide adequate ventilation, air circulation near cold surfaces, dehumidification or other methods to minimize the production of moisture in the home and control high humidity that frequently causes mold growth in our cold climate.

Follow these steps to clean mold:

  • Begin drying all wet materials. As soon as possible, begin drying any materials that are wet. For severe moisture problems, use fans and dehumidifiers and move wet items away from walls and off of floors.
  • Remove and dispose of mold contaminated materials. Items which have absorbed moisture (porous materials) and which have mold growing on them need to be removed, bagged and thrown out. Such materials may include sheet rock, insulation, plaster, carpet, carpet pad, ceiling tiles, wood products (other than solid wood) and paper products. If there was flooding, sheetrock should be removed to a level above the high-water mark. Visually inspect the wall interior and remove any mold-contaminated materials. Likewise, any such porous materials that have contacted sewage should also be bagged and thrown away. Non-porous materials with surface mold growth may be saved if they are cleaned well and kept dry
  • Remove moldy items as soon as possible. Spores are more easily released when moldy materials dry out.
  • Clean surfaces. Surface mold growing on non-porous materials such as hard plastic, concrete, glass, metal, and solid wood can usually be cleaned.
  • Disinfect Surfaces (if desired). After cleaning has removed all visible mold and other soiling from contaminated surfaces, a disinfectant may be used to kill mold that may have been missed by the cleaning. In the case of sewage contamination, disinfection must be performed.
    1. Mix 1/4 cup bleach per gallon of water and apply to surfaces where mold growth was visible before cleaning. The solution can be applied with a spray bottle or garden sprayer, be sponged on or applied by other methods. Using bleach straight from the bottle is actually LESS effective than diluted bleach.
    2. Allow the bleach solution to dry on the surface, typically 10 minutes is recommended for a bleach solution.
    3. If you use another commercially available disinfectant follow the label instructions. Keep the disinfectant on the treated material for the prescribed time before rinsing or drying.
    4. Allow all disinfected items to dry thoroughly or mold will return.
  • Always handle bleach with caution. Never mix bleach with ammonia - toxic chlorine gas may result. Bleach can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Provide fresh air (for example, open a window or door). Protect skin and eyes from contact with bleach. Test solution on a small area before treatment, since bleach is very corrosive and may damage some materials.
  • Remain on MOLD ALERT. Continue looking for signs of moisture problems or return of mold growth. Be particularly alert to moisture in areas of past growth. If mold returns, repeat cleaning steps and consider using a stronger solution to disinfect the area again. Re-growth may signal that the material should be removed or that moisture is not yet controlled.

 

The Ohio EPA has a 24 hour hotline available to report chemical spills, hazardous materials, or to answer any other questions about possible toxic matters and fumes.  (1-800-282-9378)

          

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For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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