WASHINGTON, D.C.—Led by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the Ohio Congressional Delegation today wrote to President Obama in support of Governor Kasich’s request for a disaster declaration for 21 southern Ohio counties. A disaster declaration would make affected counties eligible to receive increased federal funds for cleanup and recovery efforts, as well as funding to cover flooding-related damages.
The disaster declaration would affect the following counties: Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington Counties
The full text of the letter is below.
June 23, 2011
The White House
Washington, D. C.
Dear Mr. President:
We are writing in support of Governor John Kasich’s request for a federal disaster declaration for 21 counties in Ohio as a result of severe storms beginning April 1, 2011 through May 15, 2011. These storms were widespread and costly due to the location of the storms as well as the record setting rainfall.
The counties experienced flooding, flash flooding and severe storms beginning on April 1, 2011, through May 15, 2011. The Governor is specifically requesting Public Assistance for the counties of Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington, and hazard mitigation for all counties within the State. The communities most affected are in the Appalachian regions of the state, which were already considered economically distressed and lack the infrastructure to respond to such emergencies.
We believe federal assistance is necessary to ensure the health and safety of Ohioans in these counties. We fully support Governor Kasich’s request for a federal disaster declaration, and urge your prompt consideration of his request. Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.