U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown sent a letter to President Trump urging him to act swiftly in response to a request for a disaster declaration Thursday.

Late last month, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine requested an addendum to the Presidential Disaster Declaration granted on June 18. 

If approved, the addendum would include the Public Assistance Grant program for Columbiana, Greene, Mahoning, Mercer and Montgomery counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding. 

The Public Assistance Grant program allows state, local, and tribal governments to fund projects for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, restoration of public infrastructure, and more.  

Lawmakers hope the addendum will help ensure that impacted state and local government entities can access crucial federal assistance and resources to recover.

Congressman Mike Turner wrote to the President in support of Governor Mike DeWine's request.