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Administration Announces New Flood Recovery Aid Available to Local Governments, Says Fritz
9/19/2018
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) said the Wolf administration is now offering flood recovery aid to local governments to assist with flood recovery efforts in flood-stricken areas of northcentral and eastern Pennsylvania. Harrisburg officials have announced the availability of $6.25 million for streambank restoration and recovery efforts by local communities.

“Portions of our region saw catastrophic flood damage,” said Fritz. “We have been working hard since to make resources available to our local municipalities. Municipalities should know that these funds require no match. We kindly urge those needing help with repairs to reach out and seek these resources.”

The administration directed the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide the required cost-share for the projects so that eligible projects will be available at no cost to local governments. The funding will assist communities recovering from the recent floods and help them prepare for future storm events.

“Getting our communities back on their feet after these floods is one of my administration’s top priorities, and these grants to local governments will help make sure that flooding can be reduced in the future,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “DEP will work collaboratively with the federal government on the design, permitting, and construction of these projects so that we can ensure long-term protection from flooding.”

Funding will be available for Berks, Bradford, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northampton, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties for the flooding events that occurred in summer 2018. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 15, by NRCS.

“Restoring and repairing streambanks in these areas can help protect residents from future flooding,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We are grateful to NRCS for making this funding available and are looking forward to working with affected local governments to begin this important work.”

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide 75 percent of restoration funding, with DEP providing the 25 percent match for eligible projects.

Projects eligible for funding include removing debris from waterways, reseeding damaged areas and protecting eroded streambanks from further damage. Funding is not available to repair or maintain existing structures or repair damage to homes and businesses caused by floodwater.

Local municipal officials may contact the Susquehanna County NRCS at 570-278-1011 or the Wayne County Conservation District at 570-253-0930 for assistance in requesting resources.

Representative Jonathan Fritz
111th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Abby Krueger
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