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Thursday, February 6, 2014

GAME COMMISSION HELPS WITH STORM RELIEF EFFORTS

GAME COMMISSION HELPS WITH STORM RELIEF EFFORTS

Crews remove trees, clearing way for utility workers.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is contributing to a coordinated relief effort to restore power to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are feeling the effects of a winter storm that on Wednesday wreaked havoc on many parts of the state.

Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in response to the storm, which at its height left nearly 850,000 Pennsylvanians without power.

As of Thursday morning, 497,000 Pennsylvanians remained without power, with the most widespread of those losses occurring in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Game Commission personnel have been helping to man the State Emergency Operations Center and allocate equipment and manpower to the relief response. The agency also has sent 27 of its Food & Cover Corps employees to Chester County to help remove fallen trees and enable utility workers to reach and repair power lines.

Historically, the Game Commission has provided support when called upon in cases of emergency such as natural disasters and widespread power losses. And the agency has readily answered this latest call, said Executive Director R. Matthew Hough.

“Many of our own employees and their families continue to be affected by the aftermath of this sever winter storm, and we certainly are proud to do our part in providing relief,” Hough said.

The Game Commission will continue to provide support in this relief effort for as long as necessary, he added.

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