Meeting scheduled for federal disaster assistance in Clermont County

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - Two area meetings have been set for local governments and nonprofits that have applied for the Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance to deal with spring storms and flooding.

The first, for Adams, Brown and Clermont County applicants, will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Brown County Engineer's Office, located at 25 Veterans Boulevard in Georgetown.  The second meeting, for Clermont and Hamilton county applicants, will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Township Civic Center, located at 7850 Five Mile Road in Cincinnati.

Clermont County is one of 21 Ohio counties that will receive additional federal aid, following spring storms packing torrential rains that caused over $1.4 million in infrastructure damage across Clermont County.

"We are quite pleased that federal aid will be available to help Clermont County recover from the April and May storms that washed out culverts and caused damage to numerous roads and bridges across the county," said Board of Clermont County Commissioners President Ed Humphrey.  "The federal funds will help local governments and nonprofit organizations pay for the much needed repairs and, in some cases, replacement of critical infrastructure."

Local governments within the county can apply for reimbursement of 75-percent of their storm-related expenses.

Numerous Clermont County roadways were impacted by the storms.  The Clermont County Engineer's Office reports that the excessive rain accelerated slippage on Locust Corner Road in Pierce Township.

"Repairs at that site are estimated at $500, 000," said Clermont Bridge Engineer Todd Gadbury.  "Old SR 28 in Miami Township had to have a lane closure because the roadway failed; repairs there are estimated at $250,000.  A quarter-million dollars worth of damage is also estimated to Old SR74 in Union Township."

Gadbury has estimated repairs to Slaven Road in Pierce Township at $40,000; $185,000 damage to Goebel Hill Road in Ohio Township; and, $150,000 damage to Chilo Cemetery McKendree Chapel in Franklin Township.

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