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County Commissioner Asks FEMA to Adjust Its Rules

TOLEDO -- Three storms in three weeks is tough to deal with, and now some flood victims are hoping the local FEMA office will provide some help. Trouble is, not all will get the assistance they think they deserve.

Tikiesha Walton is one of hundreds coming to the Toledo FEMA office, looking for a helping hand. Her basement was washed out by the June 21st flood and she's applying for some financial aid to replace the items that were destroyed. She said her kids' clothes and blankets were in the basement when the water came in and they're ruined.

Lucas County was declared a disaster area after the June 21st flood. Since then, two more devastating floods have hit our area -- most recently on Wednesday. But is the most recent flooding covered?

FEMA's Jerry Grubman says, "The date on that ended on the 23rd. Anything that occurred after that point would not be covered in that."

That doesn't sit well with Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak. She says she wants them to consider adjusting their rules "to help people." In an effort to make that happen, she's sending a letter to FEMA. She says the current rules and regulations lack common sense when people have been flooded not once, not twice, but three times. "If there was the first storm, you had a certain degree of damage. When the second storm hit, it had to exacerbate what occurred the first time around," she told News 11.

After three storms in three weeks, FEMA asks flood victims not to give up hope. Grubman points out that "local, county, and state officials are out now looking at the area, trying to get some numbers to know how many people have been hit twice -- see where to take it from there, to try and get the service extended."

But that'll happen only if it's determined the damage from all the storms can be connected. Tina Skeldon Wozniak says some folks may have installed a new water heater after the first flood only to have it destroyed in the second flood. Now they need help again.

In the meantime, she praises FEMA for the help they've given area residents -- like the ones on Crawford Street -- who have suffered so much. In her letter to FEMA, she wrote, "We are aware of the challenges you face in this complex situation, but for the few citizens who were 'again' victims of flooding throughout our area, we would appreciate your assistance. We hope that you review our unique situation here in Lucas County and give this your most thoughtful consideration."

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