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Lycoming, Tioga counties receive federal aid for storm damage

Lycoming and Tioga counties can be expected to be reimbursed for costs associated with flooding from last summer.

Through the public assistance program granted by the federal government, applicants that include counties, municipalities and state agencies requesting aid can receive up to 75 percent of costs incurred on eligible expenses.

“Obviously, it’s very important for our communities,” Lycoming County Commissioner Rick Mirabito said.

Mirabito noted the money likely will be targeted toward restoration of damaged facilities, debris removal from streams flooding and other heavy rainfall impacts.

Over the coming weeks, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency officials will hold meetings with applicants to review their requests, according to state officials.

Estimated costs from rain and flooding from Aug. 10 to 15 amounted to nearly $62.8 million.

On Aug. 17, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, a requirement for receiving federal aid.

Tioga County Commissioner Erik Coolidge called the funding reimbursements “excellent news.”

He noted that some of the hardest areas of Tioga County from flooding included in the Elkland area where businesses and trailers were impacted by high waters, as well as around Mansfield and along Route 549.

Coolidge said using dollars to restore flood-prone areas can result in good investments for his county.

Other counties targeted for reimbursements are Bradford, Sullivan, Bradford, Columbia, Montour, Lackawanna, Wyoming, Susquehanna and Schuylkill.

“Obviously, we want to thank FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for this,” Mirabito said.

Expected reimbursement amounts for each county were not yet available.

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