Local officials have been trying to deal with debris removal, power restoration and water distribution since the storms occurred, from June 29 to July 2.

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The lawmakers said a major disaster declaration is necessary to ensure state and local authorities have necessary resources available to assist affected areas.

Ohio Reps. Steve Austria (R), Steve Chabot (R), Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeDeVos grilled on civil rights for students Farm bill abandons endangered wildlife House rejects effort to condemn lawmaker for demanding 'Dreamer' arrests MORE (D), Bob Gibbs (R), Bill Johnson (R), Jim Jordan (R), Marcy Kaptur (D), Dennis Kucinich (D), Steven LaTourette (R), Bob Latta (R), James Renacci (R), Tim Ryan (D), Jean Schmidt (R), Steve Stivers (R), Betty Sutton (D), Patrick Tiberi (R) and Michael Turner (R) also signed the letter.