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Thu July 5, 2012
Franklin County offering cash assistance for storm vicitms
Columbus-based American Electric Power says 143-thousand people, mostly in Central and Southeastern Ohio, remain without electricity today. Many have been without power since Friday, when thunderstorms and high winds knocked out service for roughly one million Ohio homes and businesses. That left many without air conditioning during some of the hottest days of the year. Meteorologist Rob Carolan says Columbus is one of several cities that will see temperatures near triple-digits today. Meanwhile, the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services is offering emergency cash assistance to low-income families, seniors, and the disabled who have lost service and saw their homes damaged by the storms. Starting today, qualified residents who have sustained home damage or have lost certain household items may apply for a one-time payment of up to 750 dollars per family and 500 dollars for individuals. All applications must be completed by August 2nd.