Disaster Aid, Loans for Pennsylvanians Near $11.5 Million 

Berks, Montgomery Public Projects Reach $6.6 Million

Release Date: August 10, 2001
Release Number: 1383-20

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Warminster, PA -- Federal and state disaster assistance programs have disbursed nearly $11.5 million to homeowners, renters and business owners in Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties affected by flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in June.

President Bush's June 21 disaster declaration designated individual assistance for Bucks and Montgomery counties. Berks County was added for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance (infrastructure) programs on July 6, the same day Public Assistance was made available in Montgomery County. The deadline for individuals to apply is Monday, Aug. 20.

Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of approving nearly $5 million in funding for infrastructure repairs and replacement, and eligible disaster-related emergency services in Berks and Montgomery counties. The federal share is 75 percent of the $6.6 million total project cost submitted thus far, with 22 percent provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the remaining 3 percent by municipal or other sources.

The largest single commitment - $3.4 million in federal funding - is to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to replace the R5 commuter railroad bridge over Sandy Run Creek in Fort Washington, Montgomery County.

To date, the disaster recovery figures break out as follows:

Please note: Individuals who have not yet registered for disaster assistance can call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-462-9029 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applicants with hearing or speech impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. A toll-free Helpline number - 1-800-525-0321 - is available for applicants who have registered and have questions or want to check on the status of their application.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 15-Oct-2003 08:56:03