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Cleveland: Resources for flooded residents

9:51 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- While many communities continue to clean up and dry out from Saturday's rain that caused widespread flooding, the City of Cleveland wants to make sure residents know where they can turn for help.

One of the hardest hit areas in the city was Cleveland's Ward 11, where hundreds of homes and businesses experienced severe basement flooding.  

Ward 11 Councilman Mike Polensek requested from Mayor Frank Jackson any available state and federal assistance that could help flooded property owners. Especially those who are lacking insurance and are left to quote "fend for themselves".

In a letter to the mayor, Councilman Polensek also requested inspection of storm sewers in the area to ensure that there is proper water flow.

If you find yourself dealing with water in your home, the city of Cleveland suggests you contact the following for help:

Cleveland Public Power Trouble Line: 216-664-3156

  • To request electrical service to the property be turned off before entering a flooded home or building.
  • If the electrical panel can be reached without standing in water, power can be turned off from the panel.

Water Pollution Control Customer Service Unit: 216-664-2513

  • For Cleveland residents to report street flooding and flooded homes.
  • Residents reporting flooding in their homes should contact WPC before calling a plumber.

United Way: 2-1-1 or click here

  • For information about social, health and government resources 24 hours a day.
  • Serves Cuyahoga, Ashland, Geauga, Lawrence, Medina, Portage, Wayne, and Holmes Counties.

American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland: 216-431-3010

  • For assistance due to a disaster in obtaining safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services 24 hours a day.
  • Serves Northeast Ohio.

In the event of an emergency, always dial 9-1-1.

 Further information can be found on the City of Cleveland's Public Safety website .

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