Five local professionals who are part of the Ohio All Hazard State Incident Management Team (IMT) have been tapped to help in Long Island, N.Y., in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Headed east are Buck Adams of Medina County’s Emergency Management Agency, David Calderone and Kelly Corbin of Coventry Township, Jeff Funai of Green and Doug Smith of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The IMT is a group of trained individuals who work together to assist local emergency personnel during ongoing, large or complex incidents, such as a hurricane.
They are deployed as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual-aid agreement between states, and their mission will be to help restore communities and daily lives to normal.
Some team members left Tuesday; others will travel today. The expectation is they will remain in New York through Nov. 13.
They will be accompanied by a Division of State Fire Marshal trailer carrying supplies and office equipment.
Power outages in the Akron area Tuesday were minimal compared with other parts of Ohio. The majority were toward Lake Erie, FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said.
About 40,000 customers in Ohio Edison’s territory were without power Tuesday morning. By afternoon, the majority of the outages in the Akron area were restored.
In New Jersey, at FirstEnergy’s New Jersey Power & Light, more than 900,000 people were without power.
“It’s just been a heck of a storm,” Durbin said.
Crews from as far away as Montana have been called to help, he said. It will take them a few days to get to the East Coast.
In some cases, crews on the ground in New Jersey have been able to clear debris, but haven’t been able to get to the line work because winds were too strong.
On Tuesday afternoon, the National Park Service closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
The closure stretches from the Botzum Trailhead in Akron north to the Lock 39 Trailhead in Valley View to assess damage from the heavy rain and high winds.
The park service asked visitors to respect all closures and stay away from flooded areas. For information on park road closures or cancellations, call 440-546-5960.
According to AccuWeather.com, the wettest spot in Ohio from Monday through Tuesday afternoon was Lorain with 4.28 inches of rain. Bellefontaine got the most snow in Ohio with 3.5 inches.