Pres. Trump approves major disaster declaration for Ohio

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WASHINGTON (WDTN) – FEMA announced Monday that President Trump has approved federal disaster assistance to the state of Ohio to help state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe weather back in February.

Federal funding will now be available to state and local governments as well as certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, flooding, and landslides between Feb. 5 – 13, 2019, in the following counties:

  • Adams
  • Athens
  • Brown
  • Gallia
  • Guernsey
  • Hocking
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lawrence
  • Meigs
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Muskingham
  • Noble
  • Perry
  • Pike
  • Ross
  • Scioto
  • Vinton
  • Washington

This funding will also be made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures within the state.

Steven W. Johnson is named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. He says that additional designations could be made at a later date if further damage assessments warrant such action.

Assistance for state and affected local governments can include:

  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health.  Emergency protective measures assistance is available to state, and eligible tribal and local governments on a cost-sharing basis.
  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas, and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities.
  • Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state, tribal, and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.

Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

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