The City of Cuyahoga Falls was one of the hardest hit cities in the area during the severe storm that occurred throughout the evening of May 12th and into the early morning hours of May 13th. Weather reports indicated that the City was deluged with 4 inches of rainfall within a two-hour period, making the storm one of the worst in the City’s history. Flooding occurred causing the closings of roadways, schools and power outages. City Hall was not spared from the severity of Monday evening’s storm and was closed for business on Tuesday, May 13th due to flooding and a power outage. Over the course of the severe storm and aftermath, the City has received approximately 681 calls and 200 reports pertaining to flooded basements and related problems caused by the storm.
The City’s emergency management team and city crews have worked expeditiously to restore City roads, infrastructure and services to full capacity. As of 7:45 p.m. yesterday, May 13th, all electrical power was restored to residential homes. With the exception of Bath and Hardy Roads, all the streets throughout the City are accessible to motorists. Bath Road from Akron-Peninsula Road to Northampton Road will be closed for an extended period. However, motorists can access the Metro-Park and houses from Northampton Road. An alternate route would be to take Akron-Peninsula Road to Theiss Road, go east on Theiss Road to Northampton Road, turn left on Northampton Road to Bath Road. Hardy Road is closed to through traffic between Theiss Road and Northampton Road; local traffic is being maintained.
Babb Run Park (off of Sackett Avenue) experienced severe damage and is closed to the public until further notice
Also, the Summit County Public Health’s Graham Road location will remain closed indefinitely due to flooding. The main number has also been affected; to contact Summit County Public Health, please call 330-375-2772.
As a result of the severe weather, the City is exploring options to obtain emergency relief disaster funds and services at the state and federal level. The Summit County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) activated the Emergency Operation Center to provide information and help to area entities. The EMA is currently conducting damage assessments of all area communities who have sustained damage as a result of the severe storms. After the information is complied, EMA will submit its report to the State of Ohio. If certain criteria are met, the State of Ohio will forward a request for emergency funds to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In an effort to provide further assistance to City residents, Mayor Don Walters has announced a Special Flood Cleanup for all Cuyahoga Falls Sanitation customers. This extra week of bulk cleanup will begin on Monday, May 19th and continue through Friday, May 23rd. Please have refuse at the curb on your regular trash pickup day by 7:00 a.m. for collection during this week. Yard waste, needs to be in bags, brown carts or bundles of brush and limbs, 2” in diameter maximum. Hazardous waste, tires, car parts, or large amounts of construction material will not be taken. All other acceptable trash items (furniture, appliances, misc.) will be picked up free of charge. For more information, please call the Sanitation Department at 330-971-8010 or log on to www.cityofcf.com.
Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE has announced that real estate tax relief will be available to property owners who have sustained damage in the wake of the recent storm. Fiscal Officer Scalise’s office is taking the necessary steps to provide property owners the ability to file an Application for Valuation Deduction for Destroyed or Damaged Property (Form DTE 26), pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §319.38.
Form DTE can be downloaded from Summit County Fiscal Officer’s website. Visit http://FiscalOffice.summitoh.net and click on the link titled “Damaged Property” listed in the “Real Estate and Appraisal” column. Mail the completed form to the Fiscal Office at 175 S. Main Street, Room 304, Akron, Ohio 44308. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call 330-643-2704 to request a form in the mail.
For property damaged by the storm, the filing deadline is December 31, 2014. Fiscal Officer Scalise has stressed the importance of filing this application as soon as possible. Any deduction from value will affect the tax bills mailed in January 2015.
For further information regarding preparedness, cleanup and remediation please see the following websites.
Red Cross general info
Flooded home cleanup - Red Cross
Health Department website- Temp phone number 330-375-2772
For gas related concerns, contact Dominion East Ohio Gas at 1-877-542-2630.
Residents are encouraged to review and evaluate their homeowner’s insurance policies for potential coverage.