Governor DeWine requests Presidential Disaster Declaration in 10 counties

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(WCMH) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine sent a letter Tuesday to President Donald Trump requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 10 counties affected by severe weather.

Nearly two dozen tornadoes touched down in Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Hocking, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, and Pickaway counties during the severe storms that passed through Ohio during the evening of May 27 and into May 28.

“These storms resulted in a disaster of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capability of the State of Ohio and affected local governments,” said Governor DeWine. “Federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of the state, local governments, disaster relief organizations, and compensation by insurance for disaster-related losses.”

Federal officials identified 942 homes and buildings that were either destroyed or significantly damaged. An additional 837 homes and buildings sustained minor damage.

“The widespread destruction of homes, apartments, and businesses, particularly in the Dayton urban areas, is tragic and will require a recovery process that could stretch over a number of years,” said Governor DeWine. “Many of the areas affected have a high percentage of low-income families that did not have insurance. These survivors may not have the means to rebuild and/or relocate without additional support.”

Governor DeWine requested that the 10 counties be eligible for assistance from the following programs:

  • Individual Assistance Program
  • Crisis Counseling Assistance Program
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program
  • Disaster Case Management Program
  • Disaster Legal Services Program
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Monday in Pickaway County, homeowners told NBC4 they are still awaiting to find out of they will be getting assistance.

“They took one look at the house and did some preliminary investigation and assessment and said it’s a total loss,” homeowner Tim McGinnis said.

If assistance is approved, homeowners need to register with FEMA either online or by calling, get a property inspection and then all applicants will get a letter regarding the status of their federal assistance.

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