‘Incredible cost’: Southeastern PA counties get FEMA help for Ida

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SOUTH EAST PA – Several counties in southeastern Pennsylvania have received federal public assistance to recover from damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The total damage estimate for the storm currently stands at $ 41.3 million.

The assistance was originally provided through FEMA and the US Small Business Administration – one-on-one assistance – to local residents and businesses. This newly approved aid supports county and municipal governments, who are responsible for orchestrating and paying for the bulk of the clawback.

This includes damaged roads, bridges, facilities, etc.

“Storms of this nature have lasting impacts, and while the immediate needs of those affected by the damage caused by Ida in Pennsylvania continue to be addressed, my administration has also sought to ease the burden on local governments then. that they continue to rebuild critical infrastructure, “Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. “The declaration of public assistance is a vital resource for our communities to seek relief from the enormous costs associated with the reconstruction of roads, bridges and other public goods.”

Montgomery, Chester and Bucks counties have all been approved for help, and some local governments can apply as well. Up to 75 percent of the costs caused by the storm in seven different categories can be reimbursed. This includes things like debris management, road repairs, emergency sheltering of storm victims, rental of equipment and other materials.

State funding will help offset the remaining 25 percent.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency meets directly with counties to review their application documents and disburse funds as they are approved.

Individual residents of all counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, including York, can also apply for funding through FEMA until November 10. Assistance can be requested online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.


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