Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1538)

Incident period: July 27, 2004 to August 25, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 6, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 12, 2004
News Release
ESSINGTON, Pa. -- While local residents recover from recent severe storms and flooding, disaster recovery officials urge them to keep an eye to the sky this weekend as heavy rains from Bonnie and Charley sweep through Pennsylvania. “When strong storms come through back-to-back like this, preparedness is the key,” Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies said. “We can’t prevent the storms; but, armed with some good information, residents might prevent some damage from future flooding and high winds.”
August 12, 2004
News Release
ESSINGTON, Pa. -- Disaster recovery and health officials warn that victims of recent flooding should clean flood-damaged homes thoroughly to avoid possible health problems from mold and mildew. Mold growth is common in flood-damaged homes. It is important to clean and dry completely any areas that have gotten wet. Mold often appears in the form of discoloration, from white to orange, green, brown and black. Mold also gives off a musty or earthy smell.
August 6, 2004
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has ordered the release of federal disaster funds to help meet the recovery needs of flood-stricken families and businesses in southeastern Pennsylvania.


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