Mahoning officials seek federal flood relief

Mahoning County officials are seeking federal flood relief

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Mahoning County officials are waiting on the state to determine whether the county can receive federal assistance for damages from all that rain last month.

Mahoning County EMA Director Dennis O’Hara said damage totals from June’s nearly every-day rains has topped the $1 million mark. While that amount would make the county eligible to receive federal help, he said the state as a whole needs to exceed $16 million in damages before local officials can see any relief coming from Washington.

“If we would reach that per capita statewide, it would make us eligible for potential FEMA funding. So reimbursement to the communities that were affected, primarily Lowellville,” O’Hara said.

One of last month’s storms destroyed a road in Lowellville, which is something the Mayor said will cost half a million dollars to replace. EMA officials hope to learn if the state is eligible for relief by early next week.

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