HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Residents of four Pennsylvania counties who suffered damages or losses as a result of heavy rains and flooding over the Labor Day weekend are eligible for federal assistance under a major disaster declaration announced yesterday by President Clinton.
"Residents of Lycoming, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties who suffered damages as a result of the flooding and who need help, must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free number at 1-800-462-9029," said Jack Schuback, FEMA federal coordinating officer. "Hearing- or speech-impaired individuals with TTY equipment can call 1-800-462-7585."
"Unless disaster victims apply by calling the toll-free number, 1-800-462-9029, they won't know if they may qualify for assistance and we can't help them," said Bob Churchman, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) state coordinating officer. "Once you register, a FEMA inspector may visit your home to check the damage."
Programs available for flood victims include disaster housing assistance, low-interest loans to repair or replace damaged property, and grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not met by other programs.
"If you called the local emergency management office after the storm, you must call the 1-800-462-9029 number to be eligible for further assistance," Churchman said.