State Senator Sean O'Brien invited Ohio's Senate President Larry Obhof to Kinsman to view Saturday's storm damage.

O'Brien helped first responders evacuate people cut off from the township after a dam at the lake burst on Saturday.

O'Brien said, "It's extensive damage. The entire bridge has been wiped out; the dam has been damaged. We are talking a lot of money. A township this size is not going to have the ability to pay for this infrastructure."

Obhof said, "I'm here to see how big the problem is and survey the damage. It is important that you know that the state government and the DeWine administration and the state legislature are there to help and we are going to see the extent of the damage and what needs to be done. What we hope to do is see what state funds are available to remedy situations like this. We just passed the state budget this week, and I believe there was about $25 million to help take care of situations like this. We will see what we can do. I've been in touch with the governor's office, and there's a lot of people working hard to make sure we can resolve the problems as soon as possible. We are not in session, but we do have a couple of days in August if needed and September as well. I am confident we can work with the DeWine administration to try and take care of up here. I am glad I was able to make it and see the damage. The lawmakers from both parties were quick to react and reach out to me and the governor's office. Everyone is working together."

State Senator Mike O'Brien said, "We are also going to access Ohio Public Works funds. These funds are set aside for disasters such as this. The bottom line is we are going to try and access any and all types of disaster relief funds throughout the state and federal government."

Residents who can not reach their homes due to the washed-out bridge and road are struggling.  Ginny Pasha, president of United Way of Trumbull County, said, "People need help. They have to go to work. They are saying it will take a minimum of a month or more before there is access to their homes again. United Way is happy to continue to help fund and rely on our donors to help support the important programs that the Red Cross and Salvation Army provide."

Marcy Lewis, who fled with her children and husband, said, "Our cars are back there. We still have to get back to work. We still have to provide for our families. So the sooner, the better that they can get us back to normal.  I don't know if insurance is going to cover a rental because there is no damage to my car." 

The executive director of the Lake to River chapter of the American Red Cross, Karen Conklin, said, "What we can do is plug them into community resources, and perhaps help them find other housing. Every single-family and individual situation is different." 

Meanwhile, Trumbull County engineer Randy Smith is working to assess the damage so lawmakers and Trumbull Emergency Management can seek all sources of money to help a community dealing with the crisis.

Tom Klejka, the highway superintendent for the Trumbull County Engineer's Office, said, "Just looking at what we saw in the past two days we are probably in excess of $3 million. The dam here was compromised, washed out a substantial portion of it. This will be a very long term, expensive project to restore the dam here, as well as the bridge structure we lost on Pymatuning. That alone is about an $800,000 bridge replacement."