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County could seek state funding after storms

Updated: Thursday, August 21 2014, 06:37 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - Jefferson County leaders could ask for a state disaster declaration following all the rain and damage from Wednesday's storms.
Across the county, people are dealing with the impact. County officials believe there might be enough significant damage to qualify as a state disaster. If that happens, it could bring in extra funds for the cleanup. The southern part of Jefferson County saw the worst damage -- Adena, Dillonvale, and the Brilliant area. Homes were flooded, roads were closed, and power lines were down.
With all of this damage, County Commissioner Dave Maple said the engineering department had to change its plans for the week.
"The Engineering Department gives us a weekly update of what their activities are, and those activities are all pretty much on hold now while they put a full press on the cleanup and determine what needs to be done," Maple said.
The Emergency Management Agency, Township Trustees and county engineer are finding out what's damaged in each jurisdiction and scoping out costs, while figuring out a plan for repairs or replacements.
County officials say it could qualify as a state emergency, which could free up some extra funds for cleanup.
"They had some damage to roadways," Jefferson County EMA Director John Parker said. "In those jurisdictions, there were also some houses impacted with flooding in their basements, and we're working with fire departments now to get that water out of their basements and get things restored back to normal."
Both Parker and Maple said local jurisdictions did a great job responding, closing roadways and making sure everything was done with safety in mind.
"We're still working with the agencies now," Parker said, "but the agencies responded very quickly to the incident. We had no major serious problems of anyone getting hurt."
"In general, the county agencies responded very well, worked together very well," Maple added. "The townships worked well together and the community at large did a nice job at kind of respecting what needed to happen to get roads back open and people safe."
Now crews are concentrating on cleaning up debris flood waters left behind.
"Road crews and fire departments are out they're cleaning debris off roadways," Parker said. "Everyone's been working pretty much 24/7 around the clock to restore things back to normal."

County could seek state funding after storms

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