Pa. seeks federal assistance for winter storm Stella costs

Written by David Payne/Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 11, 2017 4:20 AM

A PennDOT truck plows Route 441, near Route 83. Photo by Tim Lambert/WITF

(Harrisburg) -- Federal help may be on the way for parts of the midstate which bore the brunt of the severe snowstorm last month.

It was  less than a month ago when more than two feet of snow fell in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, bringing life to a halt and busting snow removal budgets.

Local and county governments spent an estimated $11 million on one storm.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Rick Flinn says his agency is seeking to get that money reimbursed.

"What we are looking for is gathering as much information as we possibly can to make a determination as to whether or not we are going to able to request a declaration, specifically for  the snow event."

Flinn says officials from his office will be conducting a joint disaster assessment with their counterparts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

If that comes up short, Flinn says he'll seek assistance through a Presidential disaster declaration.

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