Cincinnati Mayor: damage assessments to begin Friday

Cincinnati Mayor: damage assessments to begin Friday

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley along with city leaders gathered to announce recovery efforts for flood victims Wednesday.

City Manager Harry Black issued an emergency declaration for the city Wednesday and activated the Emergency Operations Center.

"The City has come a long way since the last flood of this magnitude in 1997. We are better educated and better informed on how to deal with high water. There has been an intentional effort by the administration and our first responders to prepare and practice for emergency situations and as evident by the limited human impact, that practice paid off. We will work just as hard in the recovery process," said Cranley.

"As the water level declines, our efforts have shifted to recovery. That includes things like reopening roads and City facilities, cleanup efforts, and assessing and repairing various City assets damaged during this severe weather event," said Black. "Coordination continues to be very effective with our local, regional and agency partners as we deploy assets to areas along the Ohio River. We want to thank our hard-working City departments for their efforts during this fluid and dynamic situation."

City officials also announced that preliminary damage assessments will begin on Friday for property impacted by flooding.

The city says the properties will be placed in four different categories: affected, minor damage, major damage, and destroyed.

Depending on how severe the damage is, city officials say a permit from the temporary service center may be required.

City officials say the service center will be located at the LeBlond Recreation Center at 2335 Riverside Drive beginning at 9 a.m. March 2.

The City of Cincinnati also created a page on their website for information on the permitting process, safety tips. and traffic information.

The Ohio River crested Sunday at 60.5 feet. That's the river's highest level in more than two decades.

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