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Northeast Ohio counties assessed for flood damage

5:50 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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WILLOWICK -- Two northeast Ohio counties are assessing damage from last week's heavy rains and flooding and may be able to seek state and federal aid.

Lake County Emergency Management Agency director Larry Greene says assessments have been done on more than 2,000 homes that may have structural damage from flooding.

But as of Thursday, the property assessments have not yielded the amount of damage to meet federal requirements -- 25 buildings must have 40 percent of their value property damage that is not covered by insurance.

Lake County commissioners have already declared a state of emergency, but the state and federal government have yet to declare the county a disaster area.

Federal help would be provided by FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In Cuyahoga County, Executive Ed FitzGerald said Wednesday he has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency as a result of the severe storms and flooding Saturday.

The hardest hit was the city of Euclid.

If some of the areas are declared disaster areas, they could be eligible for reimbursement for damage.

The counties assessments are forwarded to Governor John Kasich who would seek Federal help.

Lake County is continuing the extended hours at its solid waste  landfill site and will waive fees for those dumping storm-damaged property.

Lake County Commissioner Dan Troy said, "We have been as responsible as humanly possible to address the immediate situation...The new job will be to be as resilient as possible."

WKYC/The Associated Press

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