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Akron, Ohio

Severe Storm Report

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

 

 

            Akron, Ohio (May 13,  2014) - On Monday evening, May 12, the City of Akron experienced  3- 4 inches of rain in the hardest hit area, and 1-2 inches in the majority of Akron, in a very short period of time.  Flooding occurred causing the closings of roadways and power outages.  Along with the roadway flooding, the City received reports of 40 flooded basements.

            As a result of the severe weather, the Summit County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) activated the Emergency Operation Center Monday night at around 10:45 until 2:30 a.m.., and reopened this morning at 7:00 a.m.    Currently, the EMA is conducting damage assessments for communities across the County and providing any needed assistance to those communities.  The hardest hit areas of yesterday’s severe storms were Bath Township and Cuyahoga Falls.

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

            The City is permitting Akron curb service customers to place damaged material on the curb strip where your normal trash is placed.   The City asks that customers who do so call 311 from a home phone or (330) 375-2311 from outside the City or from a cell phone to schedule a free pickup.  Pickups will occur on the customer’s normally scheduled pickup day.

            Normally you cannot put material out before 4:30 pm the day before normal pickup.   Due to the severity of the flooding the City has waived that rule until May 20th.  City curb side customers are encouraged to bring the wet and damaged material out of their basements as soon as possible and put it on the curb strip.  This special pickup will not count against the three special pickups the City offers to its customers each year.

            The City is also requesting patience from residents with respect to ongoing pothole remediation.  This storm has set the City back by approximately 2 weeks, but potholes will be addressed as soon as possible.  Further, residents may see areas that were previously patched needing new attention and additional attention due to the storm.  Potholes can be reported by calling 311 from a home phone or (330) 375-2311 from outside the City or from a cell phone.

            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.

 

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For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: syork@akronohio.gov

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