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(See below for resources if you experienced flooding in the March 20-22, 2020 event)
The City of Worthington is working with officials from Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) to identify and document properties that experienced flood and storm-related damage in May 2020. A Damage Assessment Team is collecting information about any sustained damage from flooding, water damage, or related sewer line backups in and around their homes due to flooding. The purpose of this data collection is to document and aggregate the amount of damage across the region for submission to State and Federal governments in order to seek a Franklin County disaster declaration. If this is achieved, which could take several months, some flood victims would be able to access low-interest Small Business Administration loans or other approved assistance. The City of Worthington is assisting to provide damage assessments on public infrastructure and property and is sharing information we have accumulated from residents on private property damage.
If residents experienced flood damage, they are asked to please report their situation to the Damage Assessment Team. Residents should email email@example.com or call FCEM&HS AT 614-794-0213 and submit their name, address and phone number, as well as a summary of the damage sustained. Photos and other documentation are also helpful for the report.
Please share this information with any Worthington neighbors you know who experienced flood and storm damage.
If you experienced flood damage due to storms March 20-22, you may be eligible for financial assistance by way of low-interest loans to cover uninsured or underinsured losses. Anyone affected by these storms and flooding, including homeowners or renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations, are eligible to apply. See more information in the links below:
Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano is providing resources to help property owners who have been affected by storm damage get property tax relief. Ohio law gives County Auditors the authority to reduce real estate values for properties that have been damaged or destroyed by storms. A substantial reduction in property value could result in lower real estate taxes for the property until it has been restored to its prior condition or value. Property value reductions can be applied to real property, including manufactured homes. For more information and the Real Property Value Reduction form (DTE 26), visit the Auditor’s office website at www.franklincountyauditor.com/real-estate/tax-reduction-programs/damaged-destroyed-form.
The Ohio Department of Insurance has created this Severe Weather Toolkit to help Ohioans be safer and more financially prepared when severe weather strikes and more familiar with how to navigate the recovery process. You can utilize this toolkit as an accompaniment when preparing a safety plan for you and your family, and in conversations with an agent when reviewing your insurance protections. If you are facing a claim-filing situation, turn to the toolkit for clarity on steps to follow to get you back on your feet faster.
Anyone with insurance questions can reach Ohio Department of Insurance consumer services representatives online at www.insurance.ohio.gov, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 1-800-686-1526.
In Franklin County, floods rank as the third biggest hazard to residents. Some floods develop slowly, while others can develop in just a few minutes. According to Ready.gov, flooding can be a hazard no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas near water.
Here are tools and resources to help you be prepared, stay aware, and become more disaster ready
If you experience a flood
Worthington Firefighters were able to get a birds-eye view of the flooding thanks to a partnership with Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, which brought its drone to capture the water levels from the air. Fire crews worked overnight Tuesday to alert residents in low lying areas and assess the rising water for areas of additional risk. By the light of day, they were able to get some perspective and further evaluate the situation. This afternoon the water levels had not continued to rise any further and appeared to be receding. These photos show flooding in the area of the Flats, west of Thomas Worthington High School and areas to the north on Tucker Drive and Masefield Street.