CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Mayor Don Walters has declared a state of emergency exists in the City of Cuyahoga Falls.
His decision comes after a detailed review and analysis of data gathered from various city departments, as well as residents, concerning the aftermath of the May 12 flooding.
Walters commends the citizens for their cooperation in forwarding their damage information to his office. To date, the city has received reports of flood damage to 736 homes, with nine of the homes sustaining significant structural damage.
"I asked the residents to forward their information to me in hopes of helping us qualify for federal aid," commented Mayor Walters. "The response was tremendous."
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The official proclamation is a step in the process of requesting federal relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
City officials caution that this is only one step and does not constitute a commitment that the City of Cuyahoga Falls and surrounding communities will receive funds to offset the costs of storm damage.
Walters contacted Gov. John Kasich's office today, urging them to approve and expedite the submission.