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Storm cleanup continues in Seneca and Sandusky counties

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Residents of Seneca and Sandusky counties are still cleaning up after storms ripped through the area last Wednesday, but now they have to deal with high temperatures, too.

In Seneca County, tree branches still litter many streets. Residents spent the weekend cleaning their neighborhoods, but say they still have a long way to go.  

"We've seen some huge trees all over Seneca County and Wood County down," said resident Joe Cadaret. "My father-in-law lost five or six trees here."

American Electric Power (AEP) says power was finally restored to nearly all of Seneca County as of Sunday, but damaged homes and flooding of the Sandusky River were enough for county leaders to declare a state of emergency.

Dan Stahl, director of emergency management, says while the mess is overwhelming, it's not certain just yet if the damage is bad enough for the government to provide aid for cleanup.

"We're in the process of getting all the paperwork filed with the state," Stahl said. "There would not be a federal yet, because nothing has been filed at the state level."

At this time, no local funds are available for residents with damage. A preliminary damage assessment was submitted to the state on Monday. It is now awaiting approval.

In Sandusky County, a similar situation is unfolding. The county has asked the state for financial relief for its townships and municipalities, but homeowners will have to rely on their insurance to help with the damage costs.

Residents are still trying to clear brush and tree limbs, but the hot and humid weather is making things even worse.

"You just have to drink plenty of fluids and watch what you're doing," said Greg Armbruster. "If you get too overheated, just get into some air conditioning or something. I have been here since a little after 5, it's about 6:30 now, and about another half hour and I am out of here for the day."

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