President Trump declares 20 Ohio counties disaster areas after flooding

President Donald Trump Monday declared 20 southern Ohio counties disaster areas after damaging floods and storms in February. Getty Image
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President Donald Trump Monday declared 20 southern Ohio counties disaster areas after damaging floods and storms in February. Getty Image

President Donald Trump Monday declared 20 southern Ohio counties disaster areas after damaging floods and storms in February.

Trump made the declaration just days after Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, urged him to act quickly on Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s request for a presidential disaster declaration.

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The declaration will make the 20 affected counties eligible for federal dollars to help repair damages that included damage to roads, bridges and buildings.

The counties named in the declaration include: Adams, Athens, Brown, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington counties.

The damaging storms occurred between Feb. 5 and 13. Many of the affected counties were still recovering from severe flooding in 2018.

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