Pennsylvania Governor tours Greenville's flood-damaged areas
Downpours that caused flood damage in parts of Greenville Borough and neighboring West Salem Township this past June brought Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on a walking tour of the area Thursday.
Governor Wolf is promoting what he calls his “Restore Pennsylvania” plan which he says would help alleviate flooding issues for homes and properties.
In early June, heavy rain flooded roads in northern Mercer County. One street, Loutzenhiser Alley was washed away, leaving thick mud and debris behind.
“Municipalities across the commonwealth have endured devasting destruction and high costs due to flooding. Unfortunately, many of these municipalities are being turned away for help from the federal government and the state does not have a funding mechanism to assist,” said Gov. Wolf who added that Pennsylvania needs funding for flood prevention that will protect homes and businesses and flood-prone areas.
“The flood damage that occurred in June caused significant damage to our municipal streets that equates to roughly 10 percent of the borough’s operating budget,” said Jason Urey, Greensville Borough Manager. “The borough has struggled financially to address the damage caused by the storms.”
According to Wolf, Restore Pennsylvania would provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade floodwalls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance. It also will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.