State of emergency declared for Huron County

Stacey Hartley • Jul 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Governor Mike DeWine issued a State of Emergency for 63 Ohio counties Monday.

The declaration was made following weeks of heavy rain that led to flooding and significant road damage throughout the state.

"This emergency proclamation will allow the Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments to access federal emergency relief funds that are needed to help fix road damage caused by these weather events," DeWine said in a press release.

While Huron County was by no means untouched by the rough weather conditions, residents in the Norwalk area should not be overly concerned. 

"We really haven't seen major damage due to the widespread flooding,” said Lee Tansey, the county’s engineer.

While a June 20 warning was issued regarding a culvert on Peru Olena Rd. West getting washed-out, Tansey added that so far, “That's really been the only damage that we received.”

Additionally, the county has applied for funding and/or reimbursement for the recent fix through the public works commission, however, it’ll be a few weeks until the county hears back.

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