HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $2 million in Public Assistance (PA) funds to help Pennsylvania communities rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed in the June flooding. Some projects receiving FEMA funds include:
Noxen Township in Wyoming County has been approved for $141,556 to repair a collapsed roadway;
Forkston Township in Wyoming County has been approved for $217,169 to repair a collapsed roadway;
Schuylkill Municipal Authority has been approved for $46,448 to repair a damaged water main;
Mayberry Township in Montour County has been approved for $24,639 to repair a washed out road and shoulder.
"The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has received more than 700 Requests for Public Assistance (RPA) to date," said James R. Joseph, commonwealth coordinating officer. "Governor Rendell has committed to fund the 25 percent non-federal share for public assistance saving municipalities millions of dollars."
Meetings are coordinated by Commonwealth officials to explain the PA process to potential applicants as well as obtain RPAs from local governments or certain non-profits. FEMA then meets with applicants individually to further assist with the PA application process.
PA funds are available to state and local governments and certain private non-profits to respond to and recover from disasters. PA funds may be provided to reimburse costs incurred for emergency actions taken during and immediately after a disaster to protect life and property, to conduct debris removal, and to restore disaster-damaged infrastructure. FEMA provides 75 percent of the costs of eligible PA projects.
"With these Public Assistance funds, FEMA is helping Pennsylvania communities recover from the damaging floods," said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies. "FEMA and PEMA continue to work with affected communities throughout the Commonwealth to clean up and rebuild damaged infrastructure."
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.