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Pennsylvania counties hit by flooding to get federal aid

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 3, 2016 8:46 AM
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Photo by Carol Kafer/Loyalsock Watershed Association

Heavy rains brought flash floods to Lycoming County, which washed out a bridge on Wallis Run Road. The yellow pipeline marker shows the location of the Sunoco pipeline that ruptured and spilled an estimated 55,000 gallons of gasoline into Wallis Run creek.

(Harrisburg) -- Federal disaster relief is heading to four Pennsylvania counties hit by October's flash flooding.

Governor Tom Wolf said Friday the federal government has granted his request for aid to Bradford, Centre, Lycoming and Sullivan counties.

The freak Oct. 21 storm deluged parts of western and central Pennsylvania with up to 7 inches of rain, triggering mudslides and damaging roads and hundreds of homes. One man was killed when a tree crashed into his home.

The flooding also caused a pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a creek.

The Wolf administration says the disaster declaration covers more than $33 million in damages.

The federal money will reimburse state agencies and county and municipal governments up to 75 percent of their eligible costs.

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