Gov. Wolf Announces Expansion of Federal Disaster Declaration Assistance Following Damage Caused by Ida Remnants
October 14, 2021
Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the federal government has granted his request for Public Assistance to reimburse state agencies, county and municipal governments and other eligible private non-profits for costs associated with heavy rainfall and severe flooding associated with the remnants of Hurricane Ida to parts of Pennsylvania from August 31 to September 5, 2021.
Public Assistance was awarded to Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties. Damage assessments and reviews are ongoing and other counties may be added.
“This storm left significant and wide-ranging damages to many areas of the commonwealth, and my administration has worked to ensure that counties receive the vital support their local governments need to recover,” Gov. Wolf said. “The public assistance declaration is a critical and needed resource for our communities to support the costs associated with rebuilding infrastructure and public property.”
Through the Public Assistance program, eligible applicants can be reimbursed up to 75 percent of the costs incurred for specific categories of assistance provided during the response to and recovery from the impacts of Ida in the commonwealth. Examples of expenses that may be reimbursed include costs associated with debris management, repairs to damaged roads and bridges, emergency sheltering of displaced individuals, equipment rentals and materials. State funding has been made available to assist in offsetting the remaining 25 percent.
Over the coming weeks, staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will hold meetings with applicants to thoroughly review all application documentation before forwarding it to FEMA. The process is expected to take several weeks, and all reimbursements are handled electronically.
In order to request Public Assistance, the commonwealth overall must meet a threshold of $19,688,913. Estimated costs associated with this incident period to date total over $44.2 million. The governor signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which is first required to request federal aid, for this storm on August 31.
More information is available online at www.pema.pa.gov/ida.