Megan Ford

FEMA Denies Western PA Flood Relief Request

Gov. Wolf will appeal the decision

July 11, 2018 - 2:55 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - There will be no flood relief from federal officials for Western Pennsylvania,

A  statement from the governor's office called the decision by FEMA to deny a federal disaster request very disappointing 

The designation would have made federal dollars available for flood relief. Pennsylvania will appeal the decision.

Gov. Wolf said in the statement: “FEMA chose to look at this continuous string of severe weather as separate incidents, none of which it reported met the threshold for a declaration, but the agency ignored the fact that these weather events were relentless, with damage and costs escalating with each subsequent storm, the total of which devastated much of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.”

Total damage thru late June is pegged at 22 million dollars.

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