CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Public roads and utilities in Franklin County sustained approximately $450,000 in damage last month, according to preliminary estimates, making municipalities and other entities eligible for disaster relief.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday amended the disaster declaration for the county to include public assistance funding, county Emergency Services Director Jerry Flasher said Thursday.
"This allows the county to access federal public assistance funding which provides cost reimbursement aid to local governments and certain private, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions, utilities, emergency services, medical facilities, custodial care facilities, and other health and safety services," Flasher said.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell also announced that the state will provide the 25 percent local share, relieving the county government and municipalities of that financial burden, Flasher said. The county exceeded a threshold of $380,000 in damage set by FEMA to qualify for the assistance and the preliminary estimate of $450,000 could go higher, he said.