Cleveland officials encourage limited travel

Cleveland officials encourage limited travel
W. 49th and Tillman in Cleveland
W. 49th and Tillman in Cleveland

Roadways are dangerous in the city of Cleveland. High winds, flooding and power outages continue to cause safety concerns.

Public Safety, Works and Utilities crews across NEO are working as much as possible to clear debris from homes and buildings, clear downed trees and power lines, and secure flooded areas in addition to responding to emergencies.

The City of Cleveland is encouraging Cleveland businesses or organizations to allow employees to work from home or to limit employee travel as much as possible.

Cleveland Police want drivers to treat all intersections with non working traffic signals as a four way stop.  The public should use extreme caution if they must be on the roads.

Here is a summary of what Cleveland officials faced in wake of Hurricane Sandy:

  • The Division of Fire responded to 1100 assignments, mostly weather-related hazard assignments including downed power lines over the last 24-hours.
  • 36 fire apparatus were deployed and an additional 12 one-person crews were called up to assist with downed wires.
  • Police responded to 1400 assignments during that same time period. Shifts have extended by four hours. The normal 10-hour workday is now 14 hours.
  • Approximately 40 individuals are working traffic control - Traffic Controllers, Cleveland Police District Officers and Community Service Officers.
  • WARN Wide Area Rapid Notification messages were sent to approximately 40,000 Cleveland seniors.
  • EMS handled 334 calls for service over the last 24-hours.
  • Urban Forestry received 160 reports of trees down overnight and that number is rising. The majority of these are on the west side of the city. Eight crews are currently working with an additional 13 crews being deployed. Blocked streets are the priority. This is complicated by downed power lines. To report trees down, call 664-3104.

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