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Ohio issues notice that Grand Lake St. Mary’s lawsuits are filed

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state says it met the second of two court-ordered deadlines to speed up compensation to landowners for losses from flooding near Ohio’s largest inland lake.

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

The state said in a court filing Tuesday it met an April deadline for filing lawsuits to take the owners’ property, a necessary step that triggers the action needed for the state to compensate the landowners.

The state said in February it met a deadline to complete remaining appraisals on properties.

A message was left with the law firm representing property owners.