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Lake County prepares to send damage report to the state, hopes for aid
More than 3,000 homes are already assessed
Story by GRACE MURRAY


 
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By the end of the week, the Lake County Emergency Management Agency plans to send a report to the state detailing the damages from a severe storm on July 20 that affected thousands of residents.

The county has been declared a local disaster area and is in the process of applying for state and federal aid. FEMA guidelines require the affected area to have at least 25 homes or businesses with 40 percent of uninsured structural damage.

EMA Director Larry Greene says whether or not the county will receive aid is not yet clear, but he’s trying to be optimistic.

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"We’re not telling our residents, 'This isn’t going to happen,'" Greene says. "We’re telling our residents we have damage assessment teams out in the field right now --  in Mentor, Willowick, East Lake, Wickliffe – that are looking at these structures. Now they might come back and say, 'None of them meet the level of damage that’s required to be considered major, and the ones that do are insured.'”

Greene says if the FEMA qualifications aren’t met, county officials will then tell residents that all attempts to receive funding were made.

Red Cross teams will continue to assess damages throughout the week.

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