SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) – The Federal Emergency Management Administration has decided a request for disaster relief funding for Sylvania Township.
Sylvania Township Trustee Kevin Haddad said the agency notified trusties of the decision Monday through the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA requires at least 25 homes suffer an average of 35 percent loss. Only 2 or 3 homes in the township were damaged that severely.
Haddad says the high level of insurance coverage in the community and a low amount of damage disqualified the township from receiving federal funds.
"[I am] very disappointed because I think emergency management is under any situation. When you have a tornado come though an area and do as much damage, the loss of food, wal-mart closing for three days, several businesses and restaurants are closing lost 2 to $3000 worth of food and the business. You don't get that money back," said Hadadd.
Haddad says the United Way and the American Red Cross will offer assistance to people who did not have insurance on damaged property.
Sylvania Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Rieger says the district would have been ready, had school been in session when the storms hit.
The storm hit just as school would have been letting out, but Rieger says the district would have taken steps to keep them safe.
"Whether it be tornado type weather, or severe weather or even a snow storm, we keep the kids sheltered in the school until it is safe to dismiss and sometimes in years that have gone by, it's been, kids have stayed at school for a while much to their chagrin but we want to make sure they're safe," said Rieger.
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