Lawrence County, Ohio May 6, 2010 Situation: Sunday night into Monday morning Lawrence County once again

experienced heavy rains and flash flooding. Throughout the deluge, nearly every emergency services agency in the county responded to multiple flood related emergency calls, with at least 13 of 15 fire departments responding simultaneously to storm-related incidents. At least 15 water rescues were conducted by fire departments and law enforcement agencies bringing dozens of citizens to safety. In addition to rescue resources from our county, the Cabell County Disaster Immediate Response Team assisted with water rescues. 911 received numerous reports of homes being affected, roads being flooded and multiple landslides occurring all across the county. Disaster Declaration: The decision and process of declaring a state of emergency for the county is not taken lightly. It was clear from the calls that citizens, business owners and local government would be affected and need assistance. Given the severity of flooding and emergency calls, we anticipated that damages would be major over a widespread area. After conferring together with Commissioner Stephens, the proactive decision was made to sign a declaration of emergency and provide the declaration to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to be considered by Ohio’s Governor. Note that most residents in the heavily affected areas are not covered by flood insurance nor do they have the resources to recover quickly. Many families were displaced from their homes: American Red Cross provided emergency housing to 6 families (0ver 20 individuals) and others stayed with friends and family members. Most local governments (Trustees) lack the resources to restore public infrastructure. Much of the land is government owned and the tax base is inadequate for maintaining roads and drainages. Damage Assessment: On Monday morning, our office began the damage assessment process. In addition to documenting individual flood victim info called in via telephone, we contacted each political subdivision and offered to work with them to obtain public damage assessments. As of close of business yesterday, the county had not achieved the

threshold required to obtain state and federal assistance. Individual assessments require that we identify 25 homes and businesses that have sustained 40% or greater damages or have reached the level of Major and Destroyed to be eligible for Small Business Administration assistance (SBA)

Damages reported were as follows: Total reporting: 65 Affected: Minor: Major: 20 24 14

Destroyed: 7 Uninsured: 60 As of this morning, the Ohio EMA would like for our county to continue to verify major damages and look for additional since we are so close to those numbers. Terminating the disaster declaration locally does not preclude our county from being eligible for SBA assistance, so we will continue to verify damage reports.

Public damages: Flood waters damaged roads, culverts and bridges on all levels: township, municipal, county and state. The county engineer is working on a large slide (approx 150 ft) on Elkins Creek (CR 5), several slides large and small occurred on township roads in Windsor, Fayette and Upper Townships. Several short span bridges and culverts were damaged or lost in several townships. The Engineer will be coordinating with Trustees to complete bridge repairs. I have not received any written site-specific documentation on these projects.

Continuing Activity: * * * * * Receiving damage reports from citizens and businesses Verifying through site visits the reported damages Referring the county engineer and trustees to the Ohio Public Works Commission to assure that any available emergency public infrastructure funds can be applied where eligible. Referring affected individuals to service organizations such as the American Red Cross, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, etc. Providing documentation to state agencies OEMA, etc.


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