Gov. Mike DeWine sent a letter to President Donald Trump Tuesday requesting that he issue a Presidential Disaster Declaration and provide federal assistance for the 10 counties devastated by recent tornadoes in Ohio.
“These tornadoes resulted in a disaster of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capability of the State of Ohio and affected local governments,” DeWine wrote in his letter, according to a press release.
“Federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of the state, local governments, disaster relief organizations, and compensation by insurance for disaster-related losses,” he continued.
Last month's tornadoes left behind damage that is so severe that effective response is beyond the capability #Ohio and affected local governments. Today I sent a letter to @realDonaldTrump requesting federal assistance. https://t.co/WQCGCPRTkw pic.twitter.com/mUtnoYwi1w
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) June 11, 2019
As The Ohio Star reported, severe storms ripped through the state over Memorial Day weekend, with 21 tornadoes touching down in 10 different counties. According to DeWine’s office, state agencies found that 942 homes and buildings were either destroyed or significantly damaged, and another 837 suffered minor damage.
“The widespread destruction of homes, apartments, and businesses, particularly in the Dayton urban areas, is tragic and will require a recovery process that could stretch over a number of years,” DeWine wrote to Trump. “Many of the areas affected have a high-percentage of low-income families that did not have insurance. These survivors may not have the means to rebuild and/or relocate without additional support.”
Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown wrote to Trump asking him to grant DeWine’s request.
“The state and local governments in the affected areas do not have the capability to sufficiently respond to this major disaster, and therefore, federal assistance is necessary to supplement recovery efforts,” they wrote in a joint letter. “We fully support Governor DeWine’s request and urge your prompt consideration.”
After the tornadoes touched down, Trump wrote on Twitter that “we are with you.”
“Storms overnight across Ohio and many other states were very dangerous and damaging,” he said. “My team continues to update me with reports from emergency managers in the states affected. Listen to your local officials and be resilient. We are with you!”
Storms overnight across Ohio and many other States were very dangerous and damaging. My team continues to update me with reports from emergency managers in the States affected. Listen to your local officials and be resilient. We are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2019
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