Request For Federal Disaster Aid Sent To President

Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland counties were included in a request sent to the President by Governor Wolf for federal assistance for damage caused by severe storms and flooding back in August. Flash flooding caused by severe storms between August 10th and 15th resulted in million of dollars in damage in a total of 15 counties, mainly in eastern and central Pennsylvania. In a letter to federal disaster officials, Gov. Tom Wolf pointed out that county and local officials and their residents are struggling to make the needed repairs in the affected areas. Damage is estimated at 63 million dollars, well above the 19 million dollar minimum to request federal assistance. Earlier requests for other areas of Pennsylvania damaged by flooding have been denied.