Uninsured Richland County residents affected by tornado do not qualify for state assistance

Uninsured Richland County residents affected by tornado do not qualify for state assistance
Severe weather causes widespread storm damage throughout Northeast Ohio, multiple people hospitalized

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Uninsured Richland County residents with structures damaged by the tornado that ravaged the area on April 14 will not qualify for state assistance.

Richland County Emergency Management Agency Director Rick Evans said 179 structures within county lines were damaged by the tornado.

Out of those 179 damaged structures, eight were not insured.

In order to qualify for state assistance, there needs to be a minimum of 25 damaged structures with at least 40% of their value uninsured, according to Evans.

Even though the tornado victims cannot receive state assistance, there are other ways they can get necessary funding to help rebuild their property.

Evans said a voluntary fund has been established through Mechanics Bank, where 100% of the funds collected will go to help those affected by the tornado.

There is also a fund set up through the Richland County Organization for Disaster Assistance.

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