FEMA to survey damage in Clermont County

Storm damage in Moscow, Ohio
Storm damage in Moscow, Ohio

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be in Clermont County on Tuesday to survey the damage left behind from the tornado and storms.

Two assessment teams will be in the Village of Moscow, Bethel, Tate Township and Franklin Township. Once the assessment is complete, the information will be given to Gov. John Kasich. The governor will then determine if he will ask for a major presidential declaration, which would enable federal dollars for assistance to individuals, government, schools and non-profit groups. The money may also be used to help establish temporary shelters for displaced victims.

"It's definitely a concern to me, we've called a lot of resources, its cost us all a lot of resources, everything boils down to money," says Washington Township Fire Chief Arthur Owens.

Owens says this area could use the extra help as well as assistance from the Ohio Army National Guard which is expected early Tuesday morning.

In response to Gov. John Kasich's order, the Ohio Army National Guard will send two 5-ton dump trucks, one maintenance truck, one command and control vehicle and eight Soldiers to southwest Ohio to help expedite clean-up efforts.

"The Ohio National Guard has a mission to support the citizens of Ohio in times of need, and we have trained Soldiers and ready equipment specifically designed for this mission," says Maj. Gen. Deborah A. Ashenhurst, Ohio adjutant general.

"I know from looking at this, federal funding is needed, it's needed and it's not just in Moscow it's all throughout Clermont County," says Tracey Suter, married to the Mayor of Moscow.

On Monday, local and county government officials met with Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) Director Nancy Dragani to talk about federal assistance and requests for debris cleanup. An official request was submitted for assistance from OEMA by the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency. The group also discussed long-term housing for displaced victims, but they are waiting for FEMA's assessment before looking into various options.

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