FitzGerald Declares State of Emergency


Storm damage in Pepper Pike from July 20, 2013.

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — The first step to obtaining a disaster declaration for Cuyahoga County has been taken following the severe storms and flooding from July 20.

County Executive Ed FitzGerald signed an order declaring a state of emergency.

If the state agrees and declares it a disaster area, the hardest-hit communities may be eligible for certain funds.

According to the county, it is not expected that individuals will qualify for assistance, but local governments may be eligible for reimbursement for flood-related repairs or other costs.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado hit Pepper Pike with speeds of around 112 mph.

The path began just northwest of Ursuline College and continued across part of the campus, damaging several buildings.

Nearby Lyndhurst also suffered damage from the powerful wind, as did other areas across the viewing area.

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