Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Lycoming County with Flood Protection
March 01, 2019
Williamsport, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by state and local leaders in Lycoming County to highlight the need for additional funding to assist Pennsylvania’s communities with storm preparedness and disaster recovery.
“Pennsylvania’s communities are struggling to fund massive flood control projects that are critical for keeping residents safe,” said Governor Wolf. “Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance to help protect our communities.”
To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced a bold infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania 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.
Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.
In Williamsport, the governor outlined how Restore Pennsylvania could help Lycoming County with flood prevention and disaster recovery. Lycoming County is current facing a levee rehabilitation and recertification project that is expected to cost more than $16 million. The levee currently protects more than 6,000 properties.
“Our local communities protected by the second largest levee system in the state have recognized the importance of adopting a regional approach to address the levee recertification process,” said Randy Allison, Williamsport City Council Vice President. “To that end we are grateful for the support and advocacy from our county commissioners, our state legislative team led by Senator Gene Yaw and from Governor Wolf with today’s visit and proposed infrastructure initiative.”
“Through the process of updating the Greater Williamsport Alliance Comprehensive Plan we learned the enormous economic impact if we did not all work together and find a solution for the levee,” said Jack McKernan, Chairman Lycoming County Board of Commissioners. “This will require many partners, municipal, county, state, and federal.”
Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery
Critical Flood Control Infrastructure
Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. 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.
Helping Families Rebuild
Restore Pennsylvania 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.
View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here.