Marino, Thompson Seek Help for 5 Counties
MARINO, THOMPSON SUPPORT GOVERNOR’S REQUEST FOR FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE
WASHINGTON -- Two Pennsylvania congressmen have written a letter to President Obama supporting Gov. Tom Corbett’s request for federal disaster assistance for five counties.
U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, PA-10, and Glenn Thompson, PA-5, sent a joint letter of support to President Obama regarding the governor’s request for help in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming counties. Those areas experienced severe flooding and sustained extensive damage as a result of thunderstorms and heavy rains in April.
The congressmen echoed Gov. Corbett’s statement that local communities have “depleted resources and exhausted budgets” as a result of the emergency response to the storms.
A May 20 assessment showed that the five counties sustained nearly $20 million in damages and the five counties exceeded their county and state per capita public assistance thresholds.
If approved, state and local governments, as well as certain non-profit agencies, would have federal resources available to assist in debris removal, emergency services and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities such as roads, buildings and utilities.