U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has asked Congress and the Obama administration for $100 million in disaster relief funds for economically distressed communities that have experienced sudden and severe economic downturns due to corporate restructuring.

A prime example of communities the funding could help, Brown said, is Wilmington, facing the pending closure of DHL Express in the Wilmington Air Park.

"Additional assistance is desperately needed to assist Wilmington and other communities confronting local economic crises coupled with the effects of the national economic recession," Brown wrote in a letter to President-elect Barack Obama and members of House and Senate leadership.

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