HARRISBURG – Federal aid could be on its way to parts of The Valley after severe weather ripped through the area in the late summer. Governor Tom Wolf recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting federal disaster aid for multiple counties in the state. It would pay for millions of dollars in damages caused by the severe weather in August.
Two valley Counties, Northumberland and Montour, were included in the request for both public assistance and individual assistance.
The major disaster declaration through FEMA would provide federal funding to local, county, and state governments. That also includes certain eligible non-profits in those counties through the Public Assistance Program. Applicants can be reimbursed up to 75% of the cost.
In order to request for Public Assistance, the commonwealth overall must meet a threshold of just over $19 million. Estimated costs associated with this incident period total nearly $62.8 million. It’s unknown when the President will make a decision.