Federal Assistance For Flood Damage Approved

The federal government has granted Pennsylvania’s request to provide aid to help with recovery from severe storms that brought heavy rain and flash flooding to our area in mid-August. Columbia, Montour and 8 other counties have been approved for the public aid which can reimburse local and county governments, state agencies, and some non-profits up to 75 percent of the costs incurred in eligible expenses, such as paying overtime, repairing damaged infrastructure, equipment rentals and materials. The governor’s request for individual assistance, which would make a variety of programs available to citizens to meet their recovery needs, is still under review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The state estimates the heavy rain and flash flooding that happened from August 10th through the 15th cost nearly $63-million dollars.