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.
Federal and state officials urge residents who have suffered losses to homes or businesses because of flooding to register for federal disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). Both telephone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.
McKean County was made eligible for disaster assistance on Sept. 1 after President Clinton declared the county a major disaster following severe storms and flooding that occurred Aug. 20 and 21.
State and federal agencies will provide information and assistance at the DRC until 7 p.m. Sept. 17.
Federal aid including Individual Assistance and Hazard Mitigation was made available. Under the individual assistance program, residents may be eligible for programs such as disaster housing assistance, low-interest loans to repair or replace storm-damaged property, and grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not met by other programs.
The hazard mitigation program provides money to help protect homes and businesses against future damage by flood proofing, relocating or elevating buildings, and similar protective or preventative measures.