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FEMA rejects disaster declaration for northwest OH

(WTOL) - The federal government has denied the Governor Strickland's request for a major disaster declaration after tornadoes on June 5 and 6 killed six people.

That means there will be no federal funding to help residents and the cleanup effort in Fulton, Ottawa and Wood counties. 

The letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says the damage was not so severe that it could not be managed by state, local and volunteer resources.

Governor Strickland said Friday that he will appeal the decision. President Obama would have to overturn FEMA's decision for the appeal to go through.

Meanwhile, the state has already committed about $670,000 for storm relief.

Read the statement released by Governor Strickland on the rejection of federal funding.

U.S. Representative Bob Latta says he received a copy of a letter Thursday afternoon.

In a phone interview, Latta said he was shocked. "I've been to the communities," said Latta. "It was the worst disaster I've ever seen."

Latta says he will ask the agency to reconsider and will urge the governor to appeal the decision.

Also, Latta says northwest Ohioans are not getting help they deserve. He pointed out that millions of taxpayer dollars went to help Haiti after a major earthquake.



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