Gov. Strickland Issues State of Emergency in Wake of Tuesday's Storms

Cuyahoga County, OH - Governor Ted Strickland has issued a state of emergency for Cuyahoga County in the wake of Tuesday's fast and furious storms.

The storms produced high winds, heavy rain and flash flooding in the area.

"I am deeply concerned about the citizens and business owners in CuyahogaCounty who have suffered as a result of this recent severe weather," Strickland said. "I have ordered the state to move quickly to do everything it can to assist them in this time of need."

The Governor's emergency proclamation requests the resources and the assistance of state agencies and the U.S. Small Business Administration in the further recovery from the effects of the storm and to prevent further damage to the area.

In a letter sent today to U.S. Small Business Administration officials, Gov. Strickland asked U.S. SBA officials to conduct damage assessments in areas of Northeast Ohio impacted by Tuesday's severe weather and storms that affected the region. These assessments will determine if low interest loans would be available from the federal government, to enable homeowners, renters and business in CuyahogaCounty as well as those located in the contiguous counties of Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit, who incurred uninsured loses resulting from severe storms, high winds, and flash flooding on August 7, to apply for assistance.

Initial damage assessments conducted by county and state Emergency Management personnel indicate this event may meet the SBA declaration criteria of a combination of least twenty-five (25) homes or businesses that have sustained uninsured losses equal to 40 percent or more of their estimated fair market value