HARRISBURG (PRNewswire) – Gov. Edward G. Rendell Tuesday said a Federal Disaster Declaration will help homeowners, renters and
businesses in five Pennsylvania counties recover from disaster damages as a result of heavy rain and flooding beginning on June 23.
President George W. Bush and the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated Monroe, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming
counties for disaster assistance, qualifying residents and businesses in those counties for Individual Assistance.
“The President’s approval clears the way for many Pennsylvanians to get the help they need after their homes were devastated by floods,” said
Governor Rendell. “We encourage uninsured and under-insured Pennsylvanians in those five counties to call FEMA at 800-621-FEMA or visit FEMA online atwww.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm and apply for disaster assistance.”
The Individual Assistance program provides grants to eligible individuals for temporary housing, home repair, home replacement and permanent housing construction. Other damages are also eligible under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.
Gov. Rendell said he will push for more counties to be added to the disaster declaration to help all Pennsylvanians in need. The governor added
that he appreciates the hard work and dedication of local and state officials, volunteers and county personnel, and PEMA staff who were able to
document the extent of loss that was necessary to secure the federal funding.
State, local and federal officials continue to conduct damage assessments in the counties that were requested for disaster assistance. Additional flood safety information and weather updates can be found at www.PAFLOODING.state.pa.us.