WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter today to Governor John Kasich offering to assist him in securing federal flood recovery resources. In order for many flood recovery resources to become available, the Governor must file a request for a federal major disaster declaration to help flood-affected counties in Ohio. Warmer temperatures and snow thaws have led to severe flooding across Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Geauga, Auglaize, Ashland, Richland, Morrow, Hancock, and Lorain counties. If the federal government approves these areas as federal disaster areas, affected counties would be eligible to receive increased federal funds for cleanup and recovery efforts, as well as funding to cover flooding-related damages.
“Dozens of cities and towns across Ohio, particularly in northern Ohio, were seriously impacted by flooding this week, and hundreds of homeowners and small businesses are struggling to deal with the aftermath,” Brown said. “At a time when local government budgets are already stretched to the breaking point, especially considering Ohio’s heavy snowfall this year, federal assistance would go a long way towards assisting in the cleanup and recovery. I stand prepared to assist Governor Kasich in securing a federal disaster declaration so that our state can receive the maximum aid available to help Ohioans dealing with flood-related damages.”
The full text of the letter is below.
March 2, 2011
Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Dear Governor Kasich:
I write you today regarding severe flooding and storms across Ohio earlier this week. Numerous homeowners, small businesses, and local governments are struggling with the aftermath of this natural disaster. I will explore all possibilities for federal aid through the Small Business Administration and other agencies, yet a request from the state for a federal major disaster declaration from the President would ensure that Ohio has the resources necessary for a full recovery.
It is my understanding that there have been severe storms, high winds, and flooding in more than a dozen counties including Cuyahoga, Geauga, Auglaize, Ashland, Richland, Morrow, Hancock, and Lorain. Roads are underwater, homes are flooded, and communities are faced with daunting clean-up efforts. Counties that have already or soon will declare disasters need the flexibility to recover from this most recent flooding, which can be best provided under a federal major disaster declaration.
I urge you to move forward on this request immediately and offer my full support and assistance.