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Federal funding will be used to protect homes, businesses, buildings from future climate disasters

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced $291,900 in federal funding for disaster mitigation and flood protection in Hempfield Township in Westmoreland County. The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance program, which provides grant funding to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage, such as floodplain and stream restoration or stormwater management projects.

“As we continue to face the dire consequences of the climate crisis, we must ensure regions at risk are protected. Communities across Pennsylvania have experienced unbelievable destruction, from Hurricane Ida to extreme winter storms, and many are still recovering and rebuilding,” said Senator Casey. “This funding will be instrumental in preventing serious damage when disaster strikes and will make communities safer. I will continue fighting to bring infrastructure funding to Pennsylvania and work with my colleagues to pass commonsense legislation that addresses the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis.”

In March, Senator Casey announced $46.9 million in federal funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Job Act for western and central Pennsylvania water infrastructure projects to mitigate flooding damage and preserve natural resources.