Greene, Butler, Preble and Warren counties are among the 37 for which Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency, which means access to money for repairs and rehabilitation, because they "suffered serious highway damage following severe weather that started in February."
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The declaration means the Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments can access federal emergency relief funds, the governor said in a prepared statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Some roadways still have lane restrictions or are closed, he said.
"Many of these roads are in dangerous condition, impacting the safety of Ohio's drivers," Gov. DeWine said.
Access to federal funding will allow affected counties to get monetary help with the unplanned costs to repair the highways damaged by heavy rain and flooding, he said.
The counties included in the proclamation include:
Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton, Warren and Washington