Belmont County to get federal funding

BELMONT COUNTY – is among 37 counties in Ohio approved to receive federal funds to help pay for damage repair and extra costs they incurred as a result of the June 29 severe storms which caused massive power outages across much of the state. Other area counties which were approved for funding are Harrison, Guernsey and Monroe.

Funds were made available as a result of President Barack Obama granting Gov. John R. Kasich’s request for a federal disaster declaration

Belmont County will be the host county for a briefing which has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center. A briefing in Monroe County is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Purpose of the briefings is to apply to the Public Assistance Program and get an overview of the process. The briefings should take no longer than one hour.

Addressed will be all eligible categories of work, debris removal, emergency protective measures, road systems, water control facilities, buildings/equipment, utilities and parks and recreation.

According to a press release from the Governor’s office, funds will be provided through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program which repays local governments for eligible storm-related response efforts including debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities., Estimates developed jointly by FEMA, state and local officials found more than $29.5 million in damages and costs to public property and infrastructure.

“I appreciate the President’s favorable response to my request to make these funds available to local governments. In many communities, the response efforts were intense and damages to public buildings was costly. These funds will provided needed relief,” Gov Kasich said.

Ohio EMA will disburse the federal funds.