Homeowners await word of federal assistance after tornado

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PICKAWAY COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — Two weeks after tornadoes left destruction in 10 counties across the state, people are still waiting to find out if they will be getting federal assistance.

Many people are still without a place to live and working to rebuild what is left of their homes.

“Literally it was 10 seconds. Changed everything in 10 seconds,” homeowner, Tim McGinnis said.

That’s all McGinnis said it took for a tornado to cause destruction to his Pickaway County house. He said his family was seeking shelter in the cellar when they got warning to take cover.

“It sounded like a plane sonic boom going off and when it hit everything started coming apart,” McGinnis said.

Moments before, he said his daughter was sleeping in her bed and now the ceiling above it has collapsed.

“I’m blessed to know that we didn’t have to bury anyone,” McGinnis said.

Pickaway County is one of ten counties that has areas damaged by tornadoes. FEMA was on the ground last week assessing all the damage.

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

Ohio emergency management said they will know within a week if FEMA will offer help.

If so, 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.

As for McGinnis, he said he wants what’s fair.

“We can rebuild all of this no matter how long it takes and we trust that our insurance will take care of this and whatever they can’t that FEMA can take care of this too and that’s my hope,” McGinnis said.

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