Assistance Request Denied from both the State and Federal Governments to Cuyahoga Falls Residents for Damage from the May 12 Storm
The storm on May 12, 2014 was one of the worst storms on record in Cuyahoga Falls history. Within hours of the event, City staff began compiling damage assessment reports to potentially qualify for state and federal EMA assistance. As part of the compilation process and to ensure an accurate assessment of damages, Mayor Walters urged homeowners to report their damages to City Hall. In all, the City suffered property losses totaling more than $1.4 million.
On June 9, the City received notice that the minimum threshold for FEMA assistance was not met and its funding request was denied. “The denial is extremely disappointing,” stated Mayor Don Walters. “To think that $1.4 million in City losses plus damage to more than 900 homes failed to meet the minimum threshold is disheartening.” Mayor Walters also expressed his sincere thanks to all of the residents who shared their information. Moving forward, Mayor Walters encourages all residents to review their insurance policies to determine whether flood and/or sewer backup coverage is a viable option.
The City of Cuyahoga Falls has a limited number of deferred loans available to address some of the damages for income eligible homeowners. For more information and to determine income eligibility, please contact the Development Department at (330) 971-8140. Additional resources include:
· Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise is offering real estate tax relief to storm victims. Visit http://FiscalOffice.summitoh.net and click on the link titled “Damaged Property” listed in the “Real Estate Appraisal” column or call 330-643-2704.
· For customers of the Summit County Department of Environmental Services whose sewer bill is based on a flat rate, the Department will waive the bill for those customers whose homes have been rendered uninhabitable due to storm damage. To see if you are eligible for the waiver, please provide documentation/verification for review to: The Department of Environmental Services, 2525 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44224, or call 330-926-2405.
· Renew Ohio and Rebuild Ohio are State programs for Ohioans whose businesses, farms, and homes were damaged by severe weather.
Renew Ohio assists small business owners and the agricultural community. Business owners and farmers can also apply for priority rate reduction assistance through the Ohio Treasury’s GrowNOW Program.
Rebuild Ohio assists homeowners applying for construction or other loans to rebuild or repair their homes.
For more information contact The State of Ohio Treasurer’s office, Economic Development Department at 1-800-228-1102, option #3 or visit www.OhioTreasurer.gov.
· The 2-1-1 InfoLine connects people in need with local social services, faith-based organizations, government offices and educational institutions. This service is free, confidential, available 24 hours a day, and can be reached by simply dialing 2-1-1. 2-1-1 InfoLine can provide referrals to those services for which they appear eligible, which varies in many cases by city of residence, age and income level.