Ohio delegation asks Obama for storm relief aid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and other members of the Ohio congressional delegation are urging President Barack Obama to meet the governor's request for a disaster declaration and federal aid in response to last week's harsh storms and tornadoes.

Portman, a Republican, and Brown, a Democrat, are supporting Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) request for the declaration in Clermont County and federal resources for Scioto, Adams, and Pike counties.

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

In a Friday letter to Obama, the Ohio delegation says federal aid is critically needed to ensure health and safety. It says damage is so severe that state and local governments don't have the ability to adequately respond.