Ohio governor requests federal money for Mahoning Co. flood victims

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Gov. Mike DeWine wants the county added to the ten-county Presidential Disaster Declaration issued last week

COLUMBUS (WKBN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is trying to get federal money to help flood victims in Mahoning County.

DeWine wants the county added to the ten-county Presidential Disaster Declaration issued by President Trump last week.

The same storms that spawned tornadoes in southern Ohio last month dumped several inches of rain in parts of Mahoning County.

Besides flooding in the Boardman Plaza, a number of homes and apartments were also damaged.

Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Sima Merick detailed that damage in a letter to FEMA.

Twenty garden-level apartment units in Canfield and four in Boardman that were inundated by both floodwaters and sewer back-up remain uninhabitable, displacing these individuals and families who have lost their personal property and are currently relying on family and friends for shelter. Many of these tenants are low-income and the ability to relocate will be extremely challenging, if not impossible, without additional support.”

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