Disaster Declaration Declared After July Storms And Floods Cause Damages Throughout State

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Ohioans affected by the July storms may have a chance at getting some financial assistance.

Ohio Governor John Kasich announced Tuesday that the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted Ohio’s request to issue a disaster declaration as a result of the July 9-10 severe storms and flooding. 

According to an official press release, the declaration enables residents and businesses in Perry County, as well as those in the contiguous counties of Athens, Fairfield, Hocking, Licking, Morgan and Muskingum, who incurred uninsured losses resulting from the severe storms and floods to apply for long-term, low-interest loans. 

Residents and businesses may apply for a SBA loan by calling 1-800-659-2955, or by visiting this web site.

The storms produced multiple reports of flash flooding in north-central and southeastern Ohio, and the National Weather Service confirmed five tornadoes and two microbursts affecting Huron, Jefferson, Sandusky, Ashland, Tuscarawas, Carroll, and Seneca counties.  There was a peak of approximately 263,000 homes and businesses without power at one point.