Cleveland wants residents prepared for heavy rain

posted by Judy Thompson - 

Cleveland - Cleveland city leaders have issued some reminders and tips for residents ahead of heavy rains from Tropical Depression Gordon this weekend.

Here are excerpts from a statement issued Saturday by Cleveland City Hall:

"The Department of Public Utilities reminds residents to be safe when it comes to power outages and flooding. In order to do so, the City is providing general storm safety tips to help keep residents safe:

Flood Safety: Street Flooding – with the anticipated storms to hit the area this weekend, Water Pollution Control has some tips for residents to help keep them safe and to help minimize the flooding of streets at times of heavy rainfall.·     

 Residents can help to keep sewers flowing freely by making sure the catch basins are clear from debris and other trash from the tops and around storm brains.·      

 If street flooding occurs, residents should immediately contact Water Pollution Control at (216) 664-2513. Calls are answered 24/7.·       

If you are under a flood warning or in an area where flooding is occurring, seek higher ground right away. 

Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. 

Remember – Turn Around, Don’t Drown·     

 If water backs up into a basement, residents should notify the Water Pollution Control Department to investigate the problem.

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Downed power lines – Never touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. 

The first action should be to call 9-1-1 or your local utility.

If a line comes down on your car stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away. Call authorities or ask a passerby to call authorities.

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CodeRED: For severe weather alerts and emergency notifications, sign up for CodeRED at the City of Cleveland website (http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/) and download the mobile application which available on both the Apple Store and Google Play.”

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