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Pa. businesses affected by tractor-trailer fire might be eligible for federal funds

May 13, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services is seeking local businesses affected by a tractor-trailer fire Thursday that closed Interstate 81 in Dauphin County, Pa., for several days.

Due to the crash and fire last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett declared a state of disaster. He is consulting with the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if there is a need for a federal declaration, according to a news release.

If a federal declaration is made, there might be federal funds available to offset uninsured business losses due to the incident.

The Franklin County Department of Emergency Services is looking for information about an economic impact in the county. This could be due to increased shipping costs, increased personnel costs due to increased travel times and loss of business.

The Franklin County Department of Emergency Services is requesting members of the business community, if they were affected, to provide the following information by email to dkdonohue@franklincountypa.gov or jksheets@franklincountypa.gov:

• Name of business and location

• Type of economic impact (i.e. loss of customers, increased transportation costs)

• Estimated economic impact

• Date(s) of impact

• Uninsured losses

• Contact information for any follow-up questions

For more information, call 717-264-2813.

According to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the transitional reopening of I-81 near Harrisburg, Pa., began Monday afternoon and was expected to be done by 10 p.m. Motorists were told they might encounter slow-moving traffic and shifting traffic patterns as crews removed barrels, signs and barricades.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was expected to restore tolls for trips for the Harrisburg East Interchange to the Carlisle Interchange — and the reverse trip — starting at midnight Monday, according to the release. Tolls had been waived for that trip since 4 p.m. Thursday, allowing that part of Interstate 76 to be used as an I-81 detour.

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