• Governor: Emergency declaration for 63 counties road damage

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in 63 Ohio counties where severe weather caused serious highway damage last month.

    The 63 counties covered by the emergency declaration have had weather-related damage to roads and/or bridges after mild temperatures and significant rains in June saturated the ground. Some roads still have lane restrictions or are closed completely.

    The Republican governor said in a statement Monday that the emergency proclamation allow the Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments in the 63 counties to access federal emergency relief funds to help fix the damage.

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