FEMA denies tornado aid request
Sun, 01 Aug 2010 12:55:11 GMT —
More bad news for the tornado victims of Wood and Ottawa Counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Ohio's appeal for aid after powerful and deadly tornadoes swept through the area last month.
FEMA spokeswoman Cat Langel said the severity and magnitude of the damage did not warrant federal assistance. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland says he's disappointed and frustrated by FEMA's decision. The governor appealed the Obama administration's decision to deny federal aid earlier this month. Strickland said state and local resources already are stretched too thin and that the need in the communities hit by the tornadoes could not be greater.
Tornadoes near Toledo killed six people in early June and destroyed a high school, a police station and scores of homes. There may now be a seventh fatality. Irwin Welling, 87, of Millbury, who was injured in the tornado at his rural; home near Metcalf Field has passed away. Welling, a life long farmer in the Millbury area died last Thursday. The coroner has yet to determine if his death was the result of injuries from the tornado.