Duke Energy reports that as of noon on Sunday, July 1, 2102, an estimated 5,300 customers in Clermont County remain without power following the high winds and strong storms that moved through the area. “Our crews are out in full force supplemented by hundreds from neighboring states,” said Walker. “We are striving to have 95 percent of the power returned by midnight on Monday. However, additional storms that move through the area could impede our progress.”
Rob Alfieri with the Clermont County Engineer’s Office said three roads remain closed this afternoon, due to fallen wires tangled in downed trees. The roadways are Fay Road near SR 48, Shiloh Road (North of 132), and Garrison Spurling (East of Edenton Pleasant Plain). “I want to remind citizens never to cross over downed power lines. They could be ‘live’ and dangerous,” said Alfieri.
The Clermont County General Health District reminds citizens that a full unopened refrigerator will generally hold food safe for about 24 hours. After that, you need to discard: all meat and meat products; eggs, egg dishes and egg substitutes; casseroles, soups, and stews; cooked pasta and pasta salads; cream filled pastries, refrigerator cookie dough, and all dairy products, with the exception of butter and hard or processed cheeses. If the power outage is prolonged, a full unopened freezer will generally hold food safe for about 48 hours. After that, you need to use the food or discard the food.
The best defense against heat related problems during a power outage is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in fluid intake, activities and clothing during hot weather will help you stay safe and healthy. And remember, even though it hurts to throw out a refrigerator full of food, food spoils rapidly in hot weather, so when in doubt, throw it out. If you have access to a computer or a smart phone there is additional food safety information on the Clermont General Health District’s website at www.clermonthealthdistrict.org. For additional safety information, call 588-5121.