Newton Falls eyes disaster declaration

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On Aug. 8, Newton Falls had more than 3 inches of rain.

Now, village officials are trying to declare a state of disaster from the state or county to get FEMA to help with all the flooding.

The village gathered information Thursday about damages from the heavy flooding in the community.

Route 534 and most of the Newton Falls Community Park was under water along with several homes and businesses.

The Newton Falls mayor is trying to get some help to assess the damage as soon as possible.

“On short term we’re trying to pick a couple of the areas we might be able to do something quickly to alleviate some of the flooding. But it was so big so quick and it came in all over the city, that short term I’m not sure what we could do,” said Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddle.

Requirements to get help from FEMA involve knowing how much of a loss there was and how much of it wasn’t covered by insurance.

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