FEMA Aid Coming to Muskingum County

by WHIZ Reporter on August 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

President Obama has declared Muskingum County and 36 other counties in Ohio as major disaster areas after the June 29th severe storms.

Muskingum County EMA Director Bo Keck said the money will be made available to the county as well as cities and villages, but not to the general public.

Keck believed the money will help many local governments struggling to pay bills, offset the costs of the damages and clean up.

"These small villages especially and townships they don’t have much money to even make ends meet normally and then to have to put out the money they did for this storm, this way we’ll get the majority back and this should put them in decent shape again wherever they were prior to this storm," said Keck.

Keck said FEMA did an assessment of several areas in the county about three weeks ago and while the exact  amount of assistance is not known, he said the early estimates are well worth the paperwork.

"Our assessment after FEMA was in here was about $712,000 and of that we should receive about 75% maybe a little more," Keck added.

The storms caused widespread damage to the state and left some residents without power for over a week.