COLUMBUS - The Ohio Senate approved a measure today, championed by State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) to secure critical state disaster relief funding for 18 Southeast Ohio counties affected by severe flooding in February.
An additional $7.165 million in state funds will cover any required local government cost necessary for the state to receive funding through Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
"In the weeks and months since the storms, I have kept in close contact with county, city and township officials in my district and have witnessed firsthand the devastation the storms have had on our roads and bridges," said Hoagland. "I am thankful that swift action has been taken by our state and local leaders to get this done."
“When called upon by either Senator Frank Hoagland or Representative Jack Cera for assistance, I am always ready to help. As an elected township official, I feel it is my duty to inform townships, county engineers and EMA directors in eastern / southeastern Ohio about available opportunities that could help them better serve and protect their constituents" said Terry Bell, President Jefferson County Township Association. "Too many times elected officials at the state capitol forget that Ohio does have an Appalachian area needing assistance. Both Senator Hoagland and Representative Cera have not forgotten the citizens they represent”.
Senate Bill 299 will now be sent to the Governor for a signing.