Trump OKs federal aid for August flooding in NE Pennsylvania

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 27, 2018 6:00 PM
Flooding on road

FILE: Water from the flooded Swatara Creek covers West Main Street in Hummelstown on July 25, 2018. (Lisa Wardle/WITF)

(Harrisburg) -- The federal government is providing aid to northeastern Pennsylvania governmental entities and certain nonprofit agencies affected by severe storms in mid-August.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the assistance for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities from the storms and flooding in 10 Pennsylvania counties.

The qualified counties are Bradford, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lycoming, Montour, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming.

The order allows reimbursement of up to 75 percent of costs that include paying overtime, fixing damaged infrastructure, funding equipment rentals and buying material.

The state's request for individual assistance remains under consideration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The state estimates the incident generated costs of more than $60 million.

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