WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following extensive damage caused by the tornado on June 5, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Bob Latta (R-05) surveyed the damage throughout Wood County today.
"The people of Millbury deserve our thoughts and prayers - and the assurances that the federal government will help them rebuild," Brown said. "This must be an ‘all hands on deck' approach between the state and federal government so that resources are promptly dispatched and funding assured. In the meantime, we need to find other ways to provide immediate relief for the region."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones during last week's horrible storm," Latta said. "As the recovery effort continues, my office remains committed to assisting officials at the local and state level to provide whatever Federal support necessary to these communities."
Brown and Latta received a briefing at the Lake Township Fire Station #2 and discussed federal efforts to assist in clean-up. They also met with emergency management officials and community leaders. They were joined by Nancy Dragani, Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency; Tony Logan, State Director for USDA Rural Development; Wood County Commissioners Jim Carter, Tim Brown and Alvin Perkins; Jim Witt, Superintendent of Lake School District; Millbury Mayor Michael Timmons and Dan Winningham, Field Liaison with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency Richard Murray, Executive Director, and Erik Roush, Legislative Liaison of the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
Brown and Latta, along with U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday evening in support of Governor Ted Strickland's request for a federal major disaster declaration for several northwest Ohio communities.