The Federal Emergecy Management Agency has denied Ohio's request for federal disaster assistance for the areas of Northwest Ohio that were damaged by tornadoes in recent weeks. The storms claimed six lives, destroyed 45 structures, and damaged 119 more. Gov. Ted Strickland says FEMA he's appealing FEMA's decision.
Strickland says he's not sure if the appeal will work because it's the first time he's had to make one like this. The Ohio Republican Party put out a written statement, chastising Strickland for having a poor track record in getting federal help from the federal government. Numerous requests for an interview with the party to talk about the news release were denied. Strickland says he hopes Republicans won't try to gain political advantage out of the misery of m
many Ohioans and invites the GOP to join in the effort to get federal funds for victims of this disaster.