Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1289)

Incident period: August 20, 1999 to August 21, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 1, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 7, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- McKean County residents who live in the flood stricken area of the county declared a major disaster Sept. 1 should take care when hiring contractors to repair damages from the recent flooding. "Fraudulent contractors often come to storm-hit areas to take advantage of people's misfortunes," Federal Coordinating Officer Jack Schuback said. He urged residents to be especially careful of door-to-door solicitors who ask for large deposits or for entire payments in advance.
September 6, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- McKean County residents who suffered damage or losses caused by the severe storms and heavy rains Aug. 20-21, should apply for state and federal assistance by calling FEMA toll-free at 1-800-462-9029, prior to visiting a Disaster Recovery Center. The hearing- or speech- impaired with TTY equipment can call 1-800-462-7585. "Some folks may be reluctant to call and apply for help," said Bob Churchman, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) state coordinating officer.
September 6, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in McKean County to provide disaster information and assistance to victims of the recent heavy rains and flooding that struck the area late last month. The location of the DRC will be 62 Main St., Bradford. The hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
September 1, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal disaster aid was made available today for flood victims in Pennsylvania's McKean County under a major disaster declaration issued for the state by President Clinton, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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