Court wants answers on Ohio flooding compensation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the state to respond to complaints by landowners near Ohio's largest inland lake that compensation for flooding losses has been delayed again.

At issue is how fast the Department of Natural Resources has responded to a court order to compensate 87 landowners near Grand Lake St. Marys, a 20-square-mile lake between Dayton and Toledo.

The landowners, almost all farmers, argue the state is revoking previous good faith financial offers and saying it will make newer and lower offers.

The court on Wednesday ordered an April 30 hearing to hear the state's response. The state said last year that it met two court-ordered deadlines to speed up compensation.

The Natural Resources department says the agency has an obligation to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

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