Warminster, PA -- Federal and state disaster assistance programs have disbursed nearly $11.5 million to homeowners, renters and business owners in Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties affected by flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in June.
President Bush's June 21 disaster declaration designated individual assistance for Bucks and Montgomery counties. Berks County was added for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance (infrastructure) programs on July 6, the same day Public Assistance was made available in Montgomery County. The deadline for individuals to apply is Monday, Aug. 20.
Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of approving nearly $5 million in funding for infrastructure repairs and replacement, and eligible disaster-related emergency services in Berks and Montgomery counties. The federal share is 75 percent of the $6.6 million total project cost submitted thus far, with 22 percent provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the remaining 3 percent by municipal or other sources.
The largest single commitment - $3.4 million in federal funding - is to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to replace the R5 commuter railroad bridge over Sandy Run Creek in Fort Washington, Montgomery County.
To date, the disaster recovery figures break out as follows:
- More than $3.4 million in disaster housing grants. FEMA already has sent checks to 1,670 households for short-term rental needs and minimal home repairs.
Disaster housing grants by county: Berks 128 $195,719 Bucks 307 $673,246 Montgomery 1,235 $2,565,368 Total 1,670 $3,434,333
- $744,136 for 295 grants from the Individual and Family Grant Program. This program, funded 75 percent by FEMA and 25 percent by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, makes grants for serious needs not met by other disaster programs.
Individual and family grants by county: Berks 18 $16,484 Bucks 45 $141,247 Montgomery 232 $586,405 Total 295 $744,136
- Nearly $7.3 million for 282 disaster loans. Under a disaster declaration, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) makes loans for homeowners and renters, as well as businesses of all sizes. Of the total, 257 loans for $6,348,500 are to homeowners and 25 loans for $934,500 to businesses.