COLUMBIANA CO., Ohio (WKBN) – Columbiana County will be getting federal help to pay for storm damage associated with the heavy rain on May 28 — the same storm that hit Poland, Boardman and Canfield hard.
FEMA has added Columbiana County to the disaster list. That will allow the federal government to pick up some of the local governments’ expenses, as well as the expenses of certain private and nonprofit organizations.
“It will be a boost in reimbursement for the damage that was done to roads and infrastructure,” said Brian Rutledge with Columbiana County EMA.
FEMA may help with debris removal, damaged roads and sewer lines, and landslide repairs.
This federal aid offered to Columbiana County is not for residents, just the local governments.
County Engineer Bert Dawson says it’s great news for the county, as they were trying to figure out how to cover more than $1.5 million in damages. He said they were looking at making major cuts if the state money did not come through.
“We have $1 million, $1.5 million paving budget every year, so if you take a quarter million, you’d lose 20 percent of your paving program, so it would have been a big hit,” he said.
In Boardman, FEMA is still working with homeowners whose homes got flooded. The deadline to apply for aid is August 19.
“We always try to adjust to the circumstances and that’s why we are staying open longer. We saw the number of visitors high enough, it looked like there was a need,” said Gerard Hammick from FEMA.
Flood insurance is available to every homeowner in Mahoning County, but he said it is a separate policy.
“Insurance is about being prepared and that’s why we want to encourage people to look into the possibility of flood insurance.
The cost of a flood insurance policy depends on many things, including where your home is located and how much it’s worth.
A State Farm agent said the last flood insurance policy he wrote cost about $450 per year.
You can apply for aid online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or by using FEMA’s disaster app.
If residents or businesses are interested in getting flood insurance, they can do so through the following agents:
- Aaron McElwain (commercial): 216-600-2828
- Cody Strange (State Farm): 513-829-1510
- Crestway Insurance: 888-274-1445
- Denise Showaff (Allstate): 330-945-4935
- Liberty Mutual: 269-569-7200
- Todd Elliott: 937-325-2465