COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 4/8/19 6:25 P.M.
Organizations in Washington and 19 other Ohio counties are now eligible to seek federal disaster aid related to flooding that occurred in February.
Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emegency last month, effectively asking Trump to approved the funds, and he announced on Monday that local governments, state agencies and certain private, non-profit organizations can now seek federal funds to help pay for storm, flood and landslide damages.
Trump's approval makes funds available in the following counties: Washington, Adams, Athens, Brown, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.
"I'm pleased that President Trump approved this federal funding today," DeWine said. "The assistance will be critical in helping these 20 counties fix infrastructure that was damaged in the February storms."
Funding will be provided through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which repays local governments for eligible storm-related response and recovery efforts, including debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of damaged infrastructure.
DeWine declared a state of emergency for the 20 counties on March 11.
Joint preliminary damage assessments conducted by local, state, and federal emergency management officials during the second week of March documented damages to critical infrastructure, such as county roads, bridges, culverts, and public buildings totaling $41.4 million.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency will disburse the federal funds upon receipt and will process all required documentation.
This declaration authorization also makes statewide funding available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Representatives from Ohio EMA will meet with local officials to further explain the application process.
Heavy rains and severe storms that occurred in February 2018 led to an emergency proclamation and a similar declaration in 2018 for 20 counties, 14 of which are included in this year’s declaration.
UPDATE: 3/11/19 5:50 P.M.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in Washington and 19 other counties in the wake of heavy rain and flooding last month.
Other counties on the list include: Adams, Athens, Brown, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.
In a news release, DeWine's office said many of the counties were still recovering from severe flooding a year ago when high water hit again between Feb. 5 and 13.
Representatives from FEMA and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency will be meeting with county and township officials in each of the 20 counties this week to assess the extent of damages.
“This is a key step in getting these 20 counties the assistance they need,” DeWine said.
The declaration authorizes various state departments and agencies to coordinate the state and federal response and to help local government “in protecting the lives, safety, health, and property of the residents of Ohio.”
Representatives from FEMA and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency will be meeting with county and township officials in each of the 20 counties this week to assess the extent of damages in a process called a “joint damage assessment.”
Heavy rains and severe storms in February 2018 led to an emergency proclamation and a presidential disaster in 20 Ohio counties, 14 of which are included in the declaration DeWine announced on Monday.
ORIGINAL STORY: 2/2018
Concerns about continued flooding and forecasts of more rain have prompted Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY-sik) to issue an emergency declaration for 17 counties in the southern and eastern parts of the state.
The declaration made Saturday afternoon allows for the National Guard to be activated if needed.
Counties included in the declaration are Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Monroe, Meigs, Muskingum, Scioto and Washington.
The National Weather Service says between 1 and 2 inches of rain is forecast beginning Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Meteorologist Andy Hatzos says the Ohio River at Cincinnati is expected to crest at 59.5 feet (18.1 meters) Monday morning. Saturday afternoon the river reached 57 feet (17.4 meters), well above the 52-foot (15.9-meter) flood stage.
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