The federal government has approved a request for public assistance to municipal, county, and state governments from damage caused by Tropical Depression Ida. The approval releases public assistance for Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties. Damage assessments and reviews are ongoing, and other counties may be added.
Through the Public Assistance Program, eligible applicants can be reimbursed up to 75% of the costs incurred for specific categories of assistance provided during the response to and recovery from the impacts of Hurricane Ida in the commonwealth. Examples of expenses that may be reimbursed include costs associated with debris management, repairs to damaged roads and bridges, emergency sheltering of displaced individuals, equipment rentals, and materials. State funding has been made available to assist in offsetting the remaining 25%.
“Storms of this nature have enduring impacts, and while the immediate needs of those affected by the damage Ida brought to Pennsylvania continue to be addressed, my administration has also sought to alleviate the burden posed to local governments as they continue to rebuild critical infrastructure,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “The public assistance declaration is a vital resource for our communities to seek relief from the staggering costs associated with rebuilding roads, bridges, and other public property.” Click here for more.