State Senator Dave Burke (R–Marysville) today announced that the Ohio Controlling Board approved more than $630,000 to assist counties affected by severe storms and flooding in December 2013 including Marion County.

Flooding during this period reached emergency levels with the American Red Cross opening shelters in the Villages of LaRue and Prospect. Several state and local roads were also closed due to the flooding.

“Anyone who knows the geography of our region knows we are no strangers to flooding issues during severe weather,” said Burke. “We set money aside for just these types of emergencies and I’m glad Marion County will now have access to those funds.”

The State Disaster Relief Program allows for supplemental state assistance to eligible local jurisdictions for costs associated with debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent work.

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