No assistance granted to Summit Co. residents for storm damage - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

No assistance granted to Summit County residents for May storms

Silver Lake was just one of the communities affected by the May storms. Silver Lake was just one of the communities affected by the May storms.
Part of Chart Road in Cuyahoga Falls washed away during the storms. Part of Chart Road in Cuyahoga Falls washed away during the storms.

On May 16, Summit County Executive Russ Pry declared a state of emergency in response to the May 12 storm that caused widespread flooding and damage in a number of Summit County communities. The declaration allowed the Summit County Emergency Management Agency to assemble damage assessment reports to see if assistance could be received from state or federal agencies.

Last week, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that Summit County would not be receiving any individual assistance.

"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. However, despite not receiving disaster assistance from the state or federal level, other programs may be available to some residents," explained Pry.

If you experienced severe storm damage, which are uninsured losses, the programs listed below may be able to provide some assistance:

- The Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development has a limited amount of funding available to assist low to moderate income individuals impacted by the May 12 flooding. 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. 

If you are interested in receiving an application, please call the Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development at 330-643-8013 or 330-643-2568. 

- Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise is offering real estate tax relief to storm victims. Go online or call 330-643-2704.

- For customers of the Summit County Department of Environmental Services whose sewer bill is based on a flat rate, the department will waive the bill for those customers whose homes have been rendered uninhabitable due to storm damage. To see if you are eligible for the waiver please provide documentation/verification for review by calling 330-926-2405 or send information to:

The Department of Environmental Services
2525 State Road
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44224

- 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. Business owners and farmers can also apply for priority rate reduction assistance through the Ohio Treasury's GrowNOW Program.

Rebuild Ohio assists homeowners applying for construction or other loans to rebuild or repair their homes.

For more information contact The State of Ohio Treasurer's office, Economic Development Department at 1-800-228-1102, option #3 or go online.

- The National Flood Insurance Program offers flood insurance, which can be purchased from most leading insurance companies. You may contact NFIP at (888) 379-9531 to request an agent referral. Homes and businesses with mortgages from federally regulated or insured lenders in high-risk flood areas are required to have flood insurance. While flood insurance is not federally required if you live in a moderate-to-low risk flood area, it is still available and strongly recommended. Typically, there's a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. 

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 simply dialing 2-1-1. 2-1-1 InfoLine can provide referrals to those services for which they appear eligible, which varies in many cases by city of residence, age and income level.

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