Governor Wolf Visits Beaver County, Details How Restore Pennsylvania Can Help Offset Loss and Damage from Flooding

March 29, 2019

Hopewell Twp., PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Hopewell Township to learn how Raccoon Creek continues to flood the adjacent Green Garden Plaza Shopping Center, threatening center tenants and nearby industrial parks, and to detail how Restore Pennsylvania can help offset loss and damage from frequent flooding. Gov. Wolf was joined by Rep. Rob Matzie and county and township officials on the visit.

“After decades of neglect and little help from the federal government to repair ongoing flood damage, Pennsylvania communities are struggling,” Gov. Wolf said. “Restore Pennsylvania is necessary to address our legacy infrastructure needs and will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. The flooding mitigation needs of Hopewell Township are not unique, but they are necessary, and long overdue. Restore Pennsylvania can help.”

Governor Wolf recently proposed Restore Pennsylvania to 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.

Restore Pennsylvania 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.

In 2004, Hurricane Ivan caused Raccoon Creek to overflow and destroy the Green Garden Plaza Shopping Center. The center, which houses the only large grocery store in the area, was rebuilt, but tenants are met regularly with the need to plan for flooding when rains are heavy – a more frequent occurrence as Pennsylvania experienced the wettest year on record in 2018.

“Governor Wolf is no stranger to our community,” Rep. Rob Matzie said. “He has showed his support time and time again. When he announced his Restore PA initiative, one of the areas that stood out to me was the governor’s recognition of the need for flood mitigation. So, I am thrilled to have him come to Green Garden Plaza to give him a firsthand look at the economic recovery there, and, most importantly, the water management challenges that remain.”

Restore Pennsylvania is an ambitious infrastructure initiative 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 community 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.

View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan.

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