Sunday, March 25, 2007

Cuyahoga residents flee aftermath of Hurricane Blue

Hurricane "Blue" that has hovered over Cuyahoga County for the last 15-20 years has plunged the region into despair.

The hurricane force winds of incompetence, floods of corruption, and driving rains of failed leadership of the democrats at all levels in Cuyahoga County, are causing residents to flee in unprecedented numbers.

The Plain Dealer reports:

A new census report exposes more of the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, showing sharp population declines in waterfront counties of Louisiana and Mississippi. But it may also leave some observers wondering what natural disaster struck Northeast Ohio.

Cuyahoga County saw the sixth-largest drop in population among American counties, losing about 16,000 people between July 2005 and July 2006.

Four of the five counties with steeper losses lay in the path of a hurricane in August 2005. Absent their calamity, Ohio's largest county would likely rank second nationally in population decline, behind only Detroit's Wayne County.

Paul Oyaski, director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Development ..... "But given the number of vacant homes in the city and the county, the numbers are not surprising."

Northeast Ohio's population loss, while statistically small, bucks a national trend. Almost all other major metro areas either held steady or grew in recent years, said William Frey, a demographer for the Brookings Institution.

Cuyahoga County has lost about 80,000 residents, or 6 percent of its people, since the 2000 Census,

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