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WAPAKONETA — Auglaize County hopes to receive disaster relief funds to help cover the clean-up and rebuilding costs of the county’s worst flood in more than 90 years. Auglaize County Emergency Management Director Troy Anderson said his office was working Friday to finish the request for state or federal help. Counting government overtime, sandbagging and damage to homes and businesses, Anderson put the total cost of the early week flooding at $3 million.“I’ve seen some business estimates coming in $80,000, $120,000, so that may even be low,” he said. “This is just an estimate.”Heavy rain combined with melting snow sent floodwaters encroaching on homes, businesses and roads across the county, though the worst of it hit St. Marys. As of Friday afternoon, county officials had reports of 131 homes damaged in St. Marys. In Wapakoneta, damage was reported in 76 homes. Flood damage was also reported in Freyburg, New Bremen, New Knoxville and Uniopolis.Anderson said the county has for years been trying to get money to clean logjams and debris from the river.“Without having that extra funding to get it kicked off where we can maintain it, that does cause regular dams of the river to build up and that was another contributing factor, but just the amount of rainfall that quick and the snowfall amounts that melted really caused the biggest issue,” Anderson said. It all led to what Anderson said was the worst flood since 1913. The damage prompted Auglaize County Commissioners to declared the county a disaster area Monday. That declaration, Anderson said, comes only after his agency exhausts its resources in the county and opens the door to ask for state assistance.“If we flood again, that makes it a second disaster and everybody that was affected the first time and you’re affected again we have to start all paperwork all over for that one and log it. We’re already gearing up for a second round,” Anderson said. “Just in case, we have sandbags on standby. We’re not issuing them out until we know exactly what we’ve got going on.”Several flood watches and warnings remain in effect across our area, as forecasters keep their eyes on the heavy rain likely through today.You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.

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