FEMA Approves $1.3M for Pa. Storm Repairs

July 7, 2005

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the agency has approved $1,303,738 in federal disaster funds to reimburse Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Sanitary Authority for part of the cost of public utility expenditures in the aftermath of Tropical Depression Ivan.

“I am pleased to announce that the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority will get this much deserved help to recover from the affects of last year’s storm,” said Patricia Arcuri, acting regional director of FEMA Region III. “This grant will help the Authority cope with the financial hardship that follows such a devastating storm, and again demonstrates FEMA’s commitment to help Pennsylvanians recover.”

The project includes the replacement of sewer lines and manholes and repairs to sinkholes and pump stations. Locations include Stowe Township, the Boroughs of Carnegie, Sharpsburg, Bellevue, Millvale and Emsworth, and the City of Pittsburgh.

Under the Public Assistance Program, state and local governments and certain private non-profit organizations are eligible for partial reimbursement for the repair or restoration of public infrastructure, as well as the cost of debris removal and emergency measures taken to respond to the storm. The $1.3 million grant represents a 75-percent federal share of project costs with the remaining 25 percent paid by state and local entities.

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