Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters issued an official proclamation Wednesday declaring that a state of emergency exists in the city. His decision came after a detailed review and analysis of data gathered from various city departments, as well as residents, concerning the aftermath of the May 12 flooding, according to a city news release.
To date, the city has received reports of flood damage to 736 homes, with nine of the homes sustaining significant structural damage.
"I asked the residents to forward their information to me in hopes of helping us qualify for federal aid," said Walters. "The response was tremendous."
The proclamation is a step in the process of requesting federal relief (FEMA) funds. However, this is only one step and does not constitute a commitment that the city and surrounding communities will receive funds to offset the costs of storm damage, the news release stated.
Walters contacted the governor's office Wednesday, urging an expedited revoew and submission to FEMA.