Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Bush OKs money for flood relief

By Derrick DePledge
Enquirer Washington Bureau

        WASHINGTON — President Bush on Monday declared parts of Ohio a federal disaster area, making four Southwest Ohio counties eligible for federal money and aid to help rebound from severe flooding in mid-July.

        The Bush administration approved aid for Hamilton, Brown, Butler and Clermont counties.

        The White House declaration allows local governments to apply for federal aid to restore roads, bridges and other public facilities and remove debris or other public hazards. The federal government will pay up to 75 percent of eligible county expenses. The aid does not apply to people or businesses.

        Last month, the Small Business Administration approved disaster relief for companies that suffered water damage from the storm. Ohio Gov. Bob Taft designated the region a state disaster area immediately after the storms so local officials could take advantage of state money and emergency aid.


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