Gov. Kasich: Ohio Request For Disaster Declaration Denied

Gov. John Kasich says the U.S. government denied his request seeking maximum federal aid to help a tornado-damaged county in southwest Ohio.

Kasich had asked President Barack Obama this week to issue a disaster declaration for Clermont County to allow maximum relief funding for residents hit by severe storms a week ago.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Kasich told county officials in an email late Friday that his request was turned down. He says he’ll seek a different type of disaster relief this weekend through the Small Business Administration.

The governor initially had told federal authorities additional assistance wasn’t necessary as the damage was being evaluated.

Three people were killed and hundreds of buildings were damaged in southwest Ohio by the storm system that killed dozens across five states.