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Corbett’s request for aid granted

October 9, 2013

HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Corbett announced on October 2 that President Barack Obama has approved his request for a federal disaster declaration for those Pennsylvanians severely impacted by storms and flooding from June 26 to July 11.

“We are grateful that these communities will be receiving the assistance they so badly need,” Corbett said. “The federal government has committed more than $18 million to Pennsylvania that will be used to repair damaged properties and communities across the state.’’

The federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments, as well as certain nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair or for replacement of facilities damaged in Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Fayette, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lawrence, Venango, and Wayne counties.

Federal funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures for all counties in the state. These funds can assist in the elevation of homes or purchase of destroyed homes subject to repeated flooding.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be meeting with applicants to help facilitate the process.