Kinsman Township is among the communities that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine authorized the use of the State Disaster Relief Program for Friday afternoon. 

The SDRP is a reimbursement program that can be used when storm damage amounts do not meet the minimum amount for federal assistance.

The purpose of the program is to provide supplemental state assistance to local governments and eligible non-profit organizations to help with costs associated with debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent repair work. 

Governor DeWine's authorization allows the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to request the funding from the Ohio Controlling Board.

At this time, it is unclear if the money can be indirectly used to benefit homeowners or business owners, but we have reached out to the Trumbull County EMA for more information.

Kinsman Township Trustee Fred Stahl tells 21 News he believes that the money can only be used for roads and that any money going to the residents to help them out is through donations made to the community fund.

Communities in Trumbull and Belmont counties that were impacted by flooding, flash flooding, and severe storms between July 20-22 are authorized to apply for funding. 

Kinsman has not been eligible to apply for federal funding since the community was devastated by severe flooding at the end of July. 

That flooding left bridges and roads destroyed and left dozens of people trapped in their homes.