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Galonski meets with governor, elected officials to discuss state response to recent flooding

July 10, 2019
Tavia Galonski News

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today met with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a number of regional mayors, and directors from various state agencies to discuss solutions and aid regarding the recent flooding that has impacted Barberton, Ohio and surrounding areas. 

“Although no quick fixes came out of the meeting, the group agreed to immediately begin a statewide communication plan. At a minimum, the plan includes communicating with others effected by huge water events such as the one we just experienced during the middle of June,” Galonski said.

Barberton and nearby areas have been hit especially hard this summer by the rain, experiencing severe flooding. Roads have been shut down, businesses have been flooded, and citizens have found themselves in perilous situations. Due to the severity of the flooding, Galonski wrote a letter to Governor DeWine encouraging him to add Summit County to his list of distressed counties so that local governments could access federal emergency relief funds.  Summit County has still not been added to the list.

“It is important that local leaders come together to evaluate this situation and come to a consensus on how it should be addressed. I am pleased that the communities impacted by the recent flooding in Barberton are supporting one another and that state and local agencies are doing their best to address this emergency,” said state Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron)

Barberton Mayor William Judge was also at the table during Wednesday’s discussions. 

“There have been many governors and mayors faced with this issue over decades; let’s be the group of leaders that solves it,” said Judge.