Municipalities to get storm aid; Feds, state to fund repair projects

The Centre County municipalities that incurred damages from summer storms will get their projects funded 100 percent through federal and state money.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency officials presented the first steps and outlined the process for the municipalities Thursday at an applicant briefing session in the Willowbank building.

The storms between June 26 and July 11 caused about $1.8 million in damage to local infrastructure. The bulk of the destruction in Centre County occurred in Bellefonte, State College and Howard boroughs, and Liberty, Gregg and Howard townships.

That figure also includes about $1 million in damage to the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority railroads.

But the federal government will fund 75 percent of the repairs and the state will cover the remainder.

“In this particular disaster you will be paid 100 percent of the damages,” PEMA representative Joe Raup told the municipalities.

Raup laid out the process for the officials which includes paperwork, additional meetings and inspections.

Of the municipalities, Bellefonte was hit the hardest with more than $250,000 in damage to the infrastructure under and on West Lamb Street. Stormwater flooded the area, causing the storm drainage system to collapse under the street in sections and the pavement to ripple.

Bellefonte officials said without the aid, they would not have been able to properly fix the road.

The funding also will address damage in Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Fayette, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lawrence, Venango and Wayne counties, but it will not cover damage sustained by individual homeowners.