The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 3, 2013

County makes history

Ashtabula, Cuyahoga designated to receive Hurricane Sandy funds

JEFFERSON —  Owners of historic properties in Ashtabula County could qualify for relief if their structures were damaged by hurricane Sandy last fall, the county’s Emergency Management Agency office reports.

According to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office within the Ohio Historical Society, Ashtabula and Cuyahoga counties were the only two counties in the state designated by FEMA as impacted by the hurricane. As a result, property with historic value qualify for funding assistance, the agency reports.

Ashtabula County’s inclusion startled the local EMA office, since Sandy did relatively minor damage locally, Tim Howson, deputy director, said Thursday.

“We were all surprised when Ashtabula County was added to the program,” he said. “We avoided the hardest part (of the hurricane). We really got off easy.”

However, with the arrival of good weather residents now have the chance to examine their property in detail and may spot storm-related damage that went unnoticed over the past few months, Howson said.

The OHPO is preparing a formal request for funding for the two counties, and is working to identify the storm’s impact. Landowners who know of specific damage to historical property caused by the storm should contact the agency at ohpo@ohiohistory.org. Provide property name and address, the owner’s name or other contact person, and email address or phone number. The OHPO will make contact to determine the nature of the damage, the proposed solution and approximate cost of repair, according to the release.

Deadline to contact the OHPO is June 14.

The OHPO is one of nine state historic preservation offices eligible to seek funding for damage caused by the hurricane. The offices will learn their grant award amounts by the end of August.

Contact the OHPO at its website or call 614-298-2000 with questions or for more information.

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