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Court orders Ohio to speed up flood aid

– The state was found in contempt of court Wednesday for failing to move quickly enough to compensate dozens of landowners who suffered losses from flooding near Ohio’s largest inland lake, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled.

At issue was how fast the Department of Natural Resources is responding to a year-old court order to compensate 87 landowners near Grand Lake St. Marys.

The court ruled 5-2 that the landowners had shown “clear and convincing evidence” that the state was in contempt of the court’s decision ordering compensation.

The ruling gave the state three months to finish appraisals on all properties whose claims relate to a flood level set in 2003, and four months to file lawsuits to take the properties.