Corbett Visits Flood-Damaged Areas in Western Pennsylvania

(Photo by Steven McDole)

(Photo by Steven McDole)

HARRISBURG  – Gov. Tom Corbett today visited DuBois, Clearfield County and flew over several neighboring western Pennsylvania communities in Jefferson and Clinton counties that were damaged by Thursday’s serious storms.

Corbett was joined today by Sen. Joseph Scarnati, Rep. Sam Smith, the Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs Major General Wesley Craig and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Glenn Cannon.

“This week’s floods remind us of the power of nature and the resilience of our citizens,” Corbett said. “I have visited the counties affected and feel confident that state and local authorities are up to the task of assisting our fellow Pennsylvanians as they rebuild.”

Dozens of homes were evacuated and numerous motorists had to be rescued from fast-rising flood waters. Roads were closed, train tracks washed away and, at one point, at least four bridges were underwater. DuBois, on Thursday, was completely isolated after flood waters made roads and bridges impassable.

Shelters were set up at churches, high schools and communities centers for residents forced from their homes. Red Cross representatives were assisting at the scene and emergency workers from neighboring counties delivered food and water.

By Thursday afternoon, emergency officials from Jefferson, Clinton and Clearfield counties all declared their counties disaster areas.

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