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•Individuals and businesses with flood damage may be eligible for flood assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Contact the city of St. Marys at 419-300-1241 or the county EMA office at 419-739-6725 as soon as possible. The county EMA will send a Damage Assessment Team to your location within the next couple of days to determine damage cost and submit to FEMA.•The vity of St. Marys will be picking up flood-damage debris from designated areas Saturday. Residents should place items at the street by 7 a.m. Items must be a manageable size, not to exceed 4 feet in length.•Ohio Department of Transportation safety experts urge motorists to be aware when approaching a flooded road, stop and do not cross. Never drive through flooded roadways. •Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to beware of unscrupulous home-improvement contractors attempting to take advantage of flood victims. Be wary of home-improvement contractors who come to your door unexpectedly. Also be wary of contractors who fail to provide proper identification, demand advance payment, do not have a permanent place of business, or pressure you for an immediate decision. Shop around. Ohio law requires plumbers and electricians to be licensed, but most other home-improvement contractors can operate without licenses (although certain cities do require licenses). Get everything in writing. A contractor might make verbal promises about repairs or costs, but unless these promises are put into a written contract, they are not guaranteed. For information or to report consumer fraud, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at http://bit.ly/fDyWnd or 800-282-0515.•As many as 75 Allen County Roads were closed. Engineer Tim Piper said some will be closed until determined to be structurally sound. Some may be closed for repairs.•More than 50 water rescues were made in Allen County, according to the Emergency Management Agency.•Three shelters, at Bluffton University, Lima Memorial Civic Center and Harrod Community Center served about 350 evacuees. All are now closed.•The Red Cross assisted 84 people in Allen County.•Preliminary damage assessments show 59 homes affected in Allen County, 12 with minor damage, six with major damage.•Fourteen commercial properties in Allen County were affected.

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