Governor Asks For Buckeye Lake Help
George Hiotis

Governor Asks For Buckeye Lake Help

by George Hiotis on August 18, 2015

Governor John Kasich is asking federal officials to declare an economic injury disaster for three counties near Buckeye Lake. Such a declaration would lead to possible federal aid for the area. In a letter dated Monday to the Small Business Administration, Kasich says businesses have suffered financially as the lake has been kept low while plans are made to replace a deteriorated dam. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the dam is at risk of failing. More than a dozen businesses, including marinas, bait shops and restaurants, told state officials they’ve lost significant revenue because of the lower water level. Kasich says the situation has created a need for federal assistance through subsidized loans. He is requesting the declaration for Perry, Licking and Fairfield Counties.