Gov. Wolf Stresses Need for Impactful Investments in Commonwealth Communities
September 26, 2019
Greenville, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Greenville Borough, Mercer County, for a walking tour to learn how recurring flooding in the borough and neighboring West Salem Township is affecting the area and to discuss how his Restore Pennsylvania plan can help alleviate this ongoing problem for the many homes and properties.
“Municipalities across the commonwealth have endured devasting destruction and high costs due to flooding. Unfortunately, many of these municipalities are being turned away for help from the federal government and the state does not have a funding mechanism to assist,” said Gov. Wolf. “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.”
During the walking tour, borough and township officials detailed the flash flooding the region endured and how clean-up and reconstruction costs are a huge financial burden in the small communities.
“The flood damage that occurred in June caused significant damage to our municipal streets that equates to roughly 10 percent of the borough’s operating budget,” said Jason Urey, Greensville Borough Manager. “The borough has struggled financially to address the damage caused by the storms.”
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.
“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.”
Later today, Gov. Wolf will visit downtown Monongahela, a historic community positively impacted by strong community partners. The governor will meet with local officials and celebrate the city’s 250th birthday.