HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated over $11 million to assist the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in repairing or rebuilding damaged infrastructure affected by the June flooding. Some of the larger projects include:
- Susquehanna County has been approved for $1,054,217 to repair a county bridge
- Hartford Township in Susquehanna County has been approved for $331,887 to rebuild a local bridge
- Auburn Township in Susquehanna County has been approved for $278,530 to repair a damaged bridge
- Union Township in Luzerne has been approved for $274,702 to repair a damaged road
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has been approved for $192,029 to repair a roadway and shoulder
Through the Public Assistance (PA) Program, FEMA provides state and local governments with supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for disaster-related damages to their facilities, or for the cost of providing debris removal and emergency protective measures during and after a disaster. FEMA provides 75 percent of the costs of most eligible PA projects.
“The restoration of local government facilities and infrastructure plays a critical role in the economic recovery of Pennsylvania’s affected communities,” said James R. Joseph, Commonwealth Coordinating Officer for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). “Governor Rendell has committed to funding the 25 percent non-federal share of the public assistance funds, saving local governments millions of dollars.”
At the beginning of a declared disaster, commonwealth and FEMA officials met with potential applicants to explain the PA process. FEMA officials then met with applicants individually and further assisted them through the application process to ensure they receive all the assistance for which they are eligible.
“FEMA is committed to helping Pennsylvania communities economically recover from these damaging floods,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies. “FEMA and PEMA continue to work with affected counties throughout the Commonwealth to clean up and rebuild their 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.