Last updated 10:17PM ET
October 23, 2017
WOUB Local News
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State responds to severe weather
(2008-09-17)
(WOUB) - Officials say Ohio disaster assistance and
extra food stamps are available for needy victims of this week's
wind storm and power outages.

The state Department of Job and Family Services says families
that can provide evidence of need may qualify for assistance of up
to $1,500, while elderly and disabled Ohioans may be eligible for a
payment of as much as $750.

Applications are being taken at county job and family services
offices.

The department also says food stamp recipients can replace
provisions that spoiled due to a blackout. But they have to submit
a form for the additional benefits.

Given the still widespread power outages
in Ohio, officials are also giving people a little more time to pay any
state taxes due this week.

More than 1 million Ohio homes and businesses remain without
electricity following the state's lashing from remnants of
Hurricane Ike on Sunday. State Tax Commissioner Richard Levin
says that's causing some real difficulty for taxpayers,
including businesses that have no electricity but need to submit
taxes withheld from employees.

So, Levin announced Tuesday that any tax bills or returns with
deadlines this week may be filed by Monday without penalty.

However, any interest on the overdue payments will still be
owed.

Health and safety officials in Ohio are urging
residents to be patient and use common sense.

Safety officials said residents should continue to avoid downed
power lines, use battery-powered lights and throw out spoiled food.
People should remove debris carefully to prevent injuries from
lifting logs and use caution when inspecting roofs.

Power companies say they hope to restore electricity for most
people by Thursday, but some could be in the dark until the
weekend.
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