Counties declare state of emergency

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) --  The City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County and Clermont County have declared a state of emergency in the wake of Sunday's power outages.

In addition, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has declared a state of emergency, which will allow the Ohio Department of Transportation to help local communities remove debris from roads.

Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory and county commissioner Todd Portune are each asking the state of Ohio to foot some of the bill for the cleanup.

They are also urging drivers to stay off the roads unless it's absolutely necessary because several traffic lights are out. If you must drive, you are reminded that intersections are treated as four-way stops.

In Clermont County, citizens are called upon and directed to comply with necessary emergency measures, to cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operation plans, and to obey and comply with the lawful direction of properly identified officers.

The Clermont County Building Inspection Department has assessed 38 homes today, and has determined one home and one commercial building have been destroyed.

Mayor Mallory also offered the following tips:

  • If you have access to TV, Radio or the Internet, share information with your neighbors who may not have power at all.
  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • Beware of falling limbs
  • Stay out of city parks
  • Conserve water (most water stations are operating, but there is an increased demand)
  • When you remove limbs, place them on the curb, there will be a city-wide pick up as soon as possible
  • Be careful with food - if you think it's spoiled, it probably is and should not be eaten
  • Two health centers are open: Cann and Elm St. (prescription drugs are available at Elm St.)