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Published: Thursday, 6/24/2010

Federal government denies labeling northwest Ohio a disaster area


Tornado-strewn northwest Ohio will not be declared a federal disaster area following tornadoes in early June that claimed six lives.

The office of Gov. Ted Strickland confirmed the news late Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Strickland had asked the federal government to declare Wood, Ottawa, and Fulton counties a disaster area, a designation that would have made them eligible for financial assistance.

Following the storms on June 5, the state estimated that 45 structures were destroyed, including Lake High School, and that 119 more were damaged.

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