Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding associated with Tropical Depression Frances (DR-1555)

Incident period: September 8, 2004 to September 9, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 19, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 22, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal officials announce the opening of a roving Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Allegheny County to assist individuals and business owners who suffered losses and damages from September tropical storms. The Disaster Recovery Center will be at the following location:
October 22, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal financial assistance to help individuals, families and businesses recover from losses suffered as a result of flooding from September tropical storms is nearly $45 million. Of that figure, more than $32.5 million was approved for Housing Assistance grants and $12.3 million was approved for Other Needs Assistance grants to help with disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or met by charitable organizations.
October 22, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that it is expanding assistance to 49 Pennsylvania counties to repair or replace public facilities damaged by the September storms. Governmental entities, municipal authorities, school districts and some nonprofit organizations in these counties are now eligible for all categories of Public Assistance. “FEMA’s Public Assistance program is crucial in helping governments recover after disasters,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies.
October 21, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal disaster recovery officials are reminding residents that two previously extended Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will close on Saturday, Oct. 23. "The centers will be closing in a few days but that doesn’t put an end to getting assistance," said David M. Sanko, state coordinating officer. "Calling FEMA’s toll-free teleregistration number will still allow those who qualify to receive aid."
October 21, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal officials are extending the operation of the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lycoming County to further assist individuals and business owners who suffered losses and damages from September tropical storms. The Disaster Recovery Center is at the following location: LYCOMING County Faxon Lumber Company1700 E. Third St.Williamsport
October 20, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Volunteer attorneys are providing free, disaster-related legal assistance to low-income individuals affected by the flooding from the September storms, state and federal officials announced today. The Young Lawyers Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide legal counseling and referrals to Pennsylvania disaster victims through a toll-free hotline number.

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