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Thursday, July 14, 2011

President Obama Grants Commonwealth’s Request for Federal Disaster Assistance

President Obama Grants Commonwealth’s Request for Federal Disaster Assistance

Lycoming, Tioga Counties Eligible for Disaster Relief Funding

Washington, D.C. – President Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania triggering the release of Federal funds to help communities recover from the severe storms and flooding that occurred April, according to Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard.

Federal disaster assistance is provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). As a result of the disaster declaration, Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga, and Wyoming Counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance.

“Federal assistance for emergency work and the repair of disaster-damaged facilities was clearly needed,” said Thompson. “These storms have had a devastating impact and our local communities of Central Pennsylvannia have suffered greatly. This support will go a long way to help with recovery, without unduly impacting family and municipal budgets.”

In June, Thompson joined with Representative Tom Marino (PA-10) in sending a joint letter to President Obama requesting for federal disaster assistance for Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming counties, reiterating an initial disaster declaration request made by Governor Tom Corbett.

HMGP provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Once again Potter is left to defend itself.

Anonymous said...

@Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:05:00 PM EDT: I'm remiss to recall any major flood damage in Potter County from the April rains.

Anonymous said...

@Friday, July 15, 2011 12:20:00 AM EDT: Obviously you aren't from the area. Bridges washed out, road damages, Roulette's sewer transfer station swamped, flooded basements, etc all over the county.. Must be you don't watch much of the news from around here - and the damages were not just from April, there was also major damage from last winter when we had the highest flood waters in over 30 years (since the '72 flood)

Sounds like a typical flatlander's selective memory.. Roulette still has a bridge out in town that won't get fixed until some money loosens up somewhere, and trying to get a grant to fix/improve a sewer transfer station that was engineered by yet another college edumacated flatlander engineer that thought his design was well out of possible flood zone.. sometimes these college types can be such idiots...
Lots of similar and relevant damage all over Potter County remains from both floods that either has not, or can not be fixed, or got fixed at local taxpayer expense that just digs deeper into an already poor economy, or utilizing future revenues that local gov't can only *hope* will be there at some time in the future.. but of course, Potter County has such a small population, and thus, taxpayer revenue, that state and federal gov't kind of just ignores it.. I'd bet the powers that be in Harrisburg would be just as happy if everyone that lives here simply moved to the big city and left Potter County to be raped by the drillers.

Anonymous said...

I hope the money gets where it is needed and not just in the paper pushers pockets! I recall when Austin Area got money from FEMA in 1996 the powers that took care of it hired all their family members(at 20 to 30 dollars per hour)and the money was gone in no time with no explanation where it went!

Anonymous said...

10:05:00 AM
I could not have said it any better than you did, I agree 100%!!

Anonymous said...

Maybe they told the government that they were gonna patch up the damn, and they believed it.

After all, the government believes "big gas" lies.