WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), along with the Ohio Congressional delegation, sent a letter to President Obama in support of Governor John Kasich’s request for a disaster declaration in 21 Ohio counties that were impacted by severe storms this spring.

“I believe federal disaster assistance is necessary to help the communities affected by severe storms recover, rebuild and get back on their feet,” said Portman. “The communities in the Appalachian region of Ohio, which were already distressed due to high unemployment and the lack of infrastructure to handle weather related emergencies, have been especially hard hit. I support Governor Kasich’s request and urge the President to act expeditiously on it.”

The severe storms, which spanned from April 1, 2011 through May 15, 2011, set a record amount of rainfall and were widespread and costly. Public assistance is being requested for the counties of: Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington, and hazard mitigation for all counties within Ohio.