Casey: Federal Emergency Relief Will Help PA Communities Respond to Devastation

“We need to ensure Pennsylvania communities receive necessary assistance”

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) expressed gratitude for the federal emergency declaration to help communities affected by the disastrous flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

“We need to ensure Pennsylvania communities receive the necessary assistance to recover from this catastrophic flooding,” said Senator Casey. “I am on the ground working with local, state and federal officials to make sure that every possible source of assistance is explored to help Pennsylvanians whose lives have been turned upside down by this disaster.”

This assistance is for the counties of Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wyoming, and York.

Senator Casey urged the Administration to approve Pennsylvania’s request for federal assistance in a letter to President Obama yesterday.

Full text of the letter is below:

Dear Mr. President:

Potentially catastrophic flooding is taking place along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania which has had a devastating effect on communities in the region. Pennsylvanian Governor Tom Corbett has formally requested the designation of a federal disaster in the area.  We write to strongly urge you to expedite your review of this request and approve it without delay.    

Communities along the Susquehanna River and along its tributaries are taking action to prepare for potential flooding.  Federal resources are necessary to ensure that these communities are well positioned to continue this preparation and effectively implement recovery measures.  We are united as a delegation in our effort to ensure that all appropriate federal disaster resources are available to these communities. 

Given the severity of the damage inflicted on these communities by the floods, we respectfully ask that you move quickly to expedite the positive consideration of this request.  Thank you in advance for your consideration of our views.  On behalf of the communities impacted by these storms, thank you and your team for your service and efforts during this challenging time.  

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Bob Casey

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey

U.S. Representative Tim Holden

U.S. Representative Mark S. Critz

U.S. Representative Charlie Dent

U.S. Representative Mike Doyle

U.S. Representative Tom Marino

U.S. Representative Joe Pitts

U.S. Representative Lou Barletta

U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz

U.S. Representative Todd Platts

U.S. Representative Jason Altmire

U.S. Representative Tim Murphy

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson

U.S. Representative Jim Gerlach

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