Gov. Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Can Help with Recurring Flooding

April 17, 2019

Marietta, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Marietta, Lancaster County, for a walking tour of areas along the Susquehanna River to see how recurring flooding is affecting the area and to discuss how his Restore Pennsylvania plan can help alleviate this ongoing problem for the many homes and historic properties in the borough.

“Seeing the high-water marks on the historic Shank’s Tavern’s wall and the effects of the many nuisance floods along the Susquehanna in Marietta is one more of the many similar situations I’ve seen across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Just saying, ‘I’m sorry this happened to you’ isn’t good enough. We need funding for flood prevention that will protect homes and businesses and flood-prone areas across the state. We need Restore Pennsylvania.”

Gov. Wolf visited McCleary’s Pub and historic Shank’s Tavern, which have both survived numerous floods but with hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage, before walking along Front Street to the Marietta Boat Club where he met with guests and residents to outline his Restore Pennsylvania plan.

“If we want Pennsylvania to be a great place to live and work, we need to make investments in our communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “That’s why I’m proposing Restore Pennsylvania because it will help communities of all sizes across the state tackle major, much-needed infrastructure projects.”

Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance. It also will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.

Restore Pennsylvania would be funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax and will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.

View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan.

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