Ohio governor asks Obama for disaster declaration

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is asking President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration to allow a maximum level of relief funding for residents hit by Friday's storms.

The governor on Wednesday said he seeks the declaration for Clermont County to allow those eligible to seek disaster assistance loans and grants. Kasich says he'll resubmit his request to the Small Business Administration if the state doesn't receive Obama's approval by the coming Monday.

Kasich's office this past Monday said he spoke with federal authorities, telling them additional assistance wasn't necessary at the time.

Three people were killed and hundreds of buildings damaged in southwest Ohio by the storm system that killed dozens across five states.

Kasich says impacted Ohioans have unique needs due to a shortage of housing alternatives.