Pennsylvania: Flood Recovery Continues, Officials Meet With Survivors

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Vice President Joe Biden stops to ask a young resident how she is holding up.
Duryea, PA, September 16, 2011 -- During a tour of the flood damage caused by tropical storm Lee, Vice President Joe Biden stops to ask a young resident how she is holding up.

We continue to support our state, local and tribal partners as recovery efforts are in full swing in states affected by this summer’s flooding from the remnants of tropical storm Lee. To date, over $19.4 million of federal assistance has been approved in eligible counties to jumpstart survivors’ recovery and help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs.

In addition to assistance from FEMA, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration may be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.

On Friday, officials visited the flood-ravaged town of Wilkes-Barre, offering a listening ear to survivors and seeing the damage first-hand. As part of the visit, Vice President Joe Biden was joined by Administrator Craig Fugate, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, senator Bob Casey, representative Lou Barletta, state representative Mike Carroll, and American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern.

Vice President Joe Biden pauses to talk to young resident.
Duryea, PA, September 16, 2011 -- During a tour and speech to survivors of the flood damage caused by tropical storm Lee, Vice President Joe Biden pauses to talk to young resident.

They toured several damaged homes and talked with survivors struggling to decide where to turn, emphasizing the ongoing support of the emergency management team – a team that includes federal, state, local and tribal government agencies, voluntary and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and members of the public. For more on their visit, here are a few of the stories offering a recap:

For the latest on the recovery efforts in Pennsylvania, visit the disaster page.

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06/18/2012 - 12:29
Posted on Mon, 09/19/2011 - 13:03
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Although the tragedy is great, it's reassuring...

Although the tragedy is great, it's reassuring to know that there are people and organizations that will come to the rescue and help you rebuild after a disaster.

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