Summit County won’t receive any state or federal disaster money to help recover from widespread flooding that hit the area last month.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency have declined to provide assistance, the county said Monday.
“It is unfortunate that we have been advised that state and federal funds will not be made available to residents who have been devastated by the flooding,” County Executive Russ Pry said in a prepared statement. “However, despite not receiving disaster assistance from the state or federal level, other programs may be available to some residents.”
The flooding occurred May 12.
He advised people who have experienced severe storm damage, which are uninsured losses, to reach out to the following programs for potential help:
• The Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development has a limited amount of funding available to assist low to moderate income individuals.
Funds may not be used to reimburse any expenses that have been paid by the homeowner to date. Funds may be used to assist in the replacement of furnaces, hot water tanks, electrical panels and minor foundation issues.
For more details, call 330-643-8013 or 330-643-2568.
• Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise is offering real estate tax relief to storm victims. Visit http://FiscalOffice.summitoh.net and click on the link titled “Damaged Property” listed in the “Real Estate Appraisal” column or call 330-643-2704.
• Summit County Department of Environmental Services will waive the sewer bill for customers who have a flat rate and whose homes have been rendered uninhabitable due to storm damage.
For more details, call 330-926-2405.
• Renew Ohio and Rebuild Ohio are state programs for Ohioans whose businesses, farms and homes were damaged by severe weather.
Renew Ohio assists small-business owners and the agricultural community.
Rebuild Ohio assists homeowners applying for construction or other loans to rebuild or repair their homes.
For more details, call 800-228-1102, option 3 or visit www.OhioTreasurer.gov.
• The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers flood insurance, which can be purchased from most leading insurance companies. Call 888-379-9531 to request an agent referral.
For more information on NFIP visit, https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/residential_coverage/understanding_the_basics.jsp
• The 2-1-1 InfoLine connects people in need with local social services, faith-based organizations, government offices and educational institutions.
This service is free, confidential, available 24 hours a day, and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1.