Governor Corbett seeks federal aid for storm damage

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 26, 2013 3:22 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett is asking the federal government for money to help the state and local governments and nonprofit groups recover from recent thunderstorms.

Corbett says he's seeking disaster aid for 14 counties, including Schuylkill, that experienced high winds, heavy rains and flooding from storms that started in late June.

Preliminary estimates put the total damage at about 20 million dollars. In a letter to the White House, Corbett says he expects that figure to grow as more claims come in and repair work begins.

If approved, federal funds could cover 75 percent of the cost of debris removal, emergency services and repairs to public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities.

Counties eligible include Allegheny, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Fayette, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Schuylkill, Venango, Washington and Wayne.

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