City of Barberton flood update
Additional rain in the forecast; City and area nonprofits coordinate assistance efforts
Barberton has begun cleanup efforts related to recent flooding in the area. Resident assistance, street sweeping efforts and waste removal are priority directives. The city is working with its trash and recycling collection provider, Kimble Companies, to schedule a bulk waste collection for flood-affected areas. Collection dates will be announced in the near future.
Two streets remained closed in the community:
– Eastern Road between State Route 619 and South Van Buren Avenue.
– Elson Avenue in South Barberton.
Barberton’s Fire and Police Departments, as always, are prepared to respond to emergencies should additional flooding or weather-related events occur. Anyone needing immediate assistance should call 911.
Power outages should be directed to FirstEnergy at 888-544-4877.
Any residents that have suffered property damage should contact the city of Barberton immediately at 330-848-6719. We encourage residents to obtain an incident report from the city in order to have proper documentation for potential relief programs the city could possibly secure. Additionally, this documentation assists the city in obtaining future flood mitigation grants.
Flood-damaged property may also be eligible for property tax relief through the Summit County auditor’s office. Contact 330-643-2632 or visit FisalOffice.summit.oh.net.
The administration has been working with several area nonprofits to coordinate assistance for flood-affected residents, these efforts include:
The city of Barberton, in coordination with the Red Cross, have opened the City’s Active Adult Center (AAC) as a location for flood-displaced residents. The AAC, 500 W. Hopocan Ave., is open 24 hours and contains, sleeping cots, beverages and food.
The Barberton Salvation Army, 560 Wooster Road W. has made their facility available for:
Breakfast – 9:30-10 a.m.
Lunch – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Tuesday–Friday)
Showers- available 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The Salvation Army also has cleanup kits available for pick up. A valid ID is required to secure these kits.
Barberton Area Community Ministries, 939 Norton Ave., has extended their food pantry hours to 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Emmanuel Christian Assembly, 925 W. Hopocan Ave., has extended their food pantry hours to 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The YMCA has made their facility available as a drop-in center from 5:30-9 p.m. Coffee and entertainment are available.
For individuals wanting to provide financial support to those affected, the Barberton Community Foundation (BCF) stands ready to connect donors with neighbors in need. The city of Barberton’s Disaster Relief Fund at BCF was started under Barberton Mayor William Judge to help victims of the 2013 flood and is ready to support nonprofits with programs that help flood victims in our community. Please contact the BCF at 330-745-5995.
Judge remains in contact with both Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and State representative, Tavia Galonski. Both Shapiro and Galonski have offered the mayor their full support in his efforts to secure assistance for flood-affected individuals.
More rain is expected later today, follow this site for further updates