HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – President Biden has declared a major disaster in Pennsylvania due to heavy rains, severe flash flooding and tornadoes across the Commonwealth from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
Biden has approved a request from Gov. Tom Wolf for a major disaster declaration authorizing assistance to people for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties, the White House announced Friday night.
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Help can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover losses of uninsured property and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects. disaster, âthe ad said.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-share basis for risk mitigation measures for the entire Commonwealth, which the governor of Pennsylvania had also requested. Damage assessments continue and other counties and additional forms of assistance may be added once they are completed.
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Wolf signed a Disaster Emergency Proclamation on August 31 that allows state agencies to prepare resources and respond more quickly to requests for state aid. He said earlier in the week that damage to public infrastructure was estimated at $ 117 million “far exceeding the Commonwealth’s threshold of $ 19.7 million.”
“Pennsylvanians will now have the opportunity to receive financial assistance, which will go a long way in replacing and restoring their property,” Wolf said in a statement Friday night.
Federal and state emergency management agencies, as well as county governments, will work in the coming days to open disaster recovery centers in affected communities, the governor said.
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