Residents asked to report storm damage

Flooding Duke Street in Hummelstown

Street signs show where Duke Street can usually be seen above Swatara Creek in Hummelstown on July 25, 2018. (Lisa Wardle/WITF)

(Harrisburg) — The Wolf Administration is seeking federal aid after heavy rain earlier this summer caused widespread problems in the commonwealth.

Between July 21-27 and August 1-15, rain storms hung over central and eastern Pennsylvania, causing flooding that prompted helicopter rescues and closed dozens of roads.

Now, people are being asked to report damage to county emergency management agencies.

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Mark Walters, public information officer for York County, said that county has set up an online form for residents to report damage. Reports can also be made over the phone at 717-840-2990. As of Thursday afternoon, almost 90 people had responded.

“The more damage that we can show, the better chance we have of that federal disaster declaration,” Walters said. “And that disaster declaration, of course, is how funding then becomes possible.”

Pennsylvania’s Emergency Management Agency said it plans to conduct preliminary damage assessments next week in several counties, including Adams, Berks, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, and York.

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