Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1587)

Incident period: April 2, 2005 to April 23, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 14, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 28, 2005
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Applying for assistance after a disaster should be as stress free as possible. Residents who suffered damages resulting from the rain and floods that began on April 2 can benefit from guidelines that will help in the application process.
April 27, 2005
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal recovery officials advise those affected by the April rain and flooding to be aware of anyone who claims to be able to register them for disaster assistance for a fee or after they collect personal information.
April 26, 2005
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and Federal disaster recovery officials advise people affected by the heavy rain and flooding that began on April 2 to 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 completely clean and dry any areas that were wet. Mold often appears as discoloration, from white to orange, green, brown and black. Mold also gives off a musty or earthy smell.
April 26, 2005
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal officials today announced the opening of a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Wyoming County to assist those who suffered losses and damages from heavy rain and flooding beginning April 2, 2005. The DRC will be at the following location: Wyoming County Emergency Operations Center 819 State Route 29 South, Suite 1 (Near Wal-Mart) Tunkhannock
April 25, 2005
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa -- The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that disaster assistance approved for residents of Bradford, Bucks, Columbia, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Wayne and Wyoming counties affected by the heavy rain and floods that occurred from April 2-23, 2005 is approaching $1.8 million.
April 23, 2005
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- In the turmoil, shock and loss that follows a disaster, misleading rumors, half-truths and misunderstandings about available assistance may cause affected residents to disqualify themselves from much-needed help. Recovery officials voiced concern that word-of-mouth misinformation may discourage eligible individuals from seeking help from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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